Heath Ledger dead at 28.
A good young actor, who I firmly believe was on the brink of greatness. Fuck.
Such a shame. Dark Knight was definitely gonna put him on the A-list.
I knew neither his work nor his person, but I am saddened none the less.
I am reminded of when River Phoenix died. Both promising young actors.
“Actor dead” not the best headline in the world, I’d submit. And yes, if he wasn’t great already, he was on his way.
Wow. This was the first place I saw the news, and at the risk of sounding cliche, i feel like i’ve been punched in the stomach. So sad and horribly unexpected.
Such a goddamned shame. He showed a lot of promise as an actor, especially in relation to the role of The Joker (if the trailer for Dark Knight was any indication). If he’d stayed alive, I have no doubt he’d have enjoyed a very successful career.
Sad. He had a young child, too. For a long time I thought of Ledger as a typical pretty boy actor, but he demonstrated genuine acting talent in Brokeback Mountain, and, from the looks of it, his Joker will be excellent; I guess it will be the final testament to his skill.
I first learned the news on 4chan’s /co/ of all places. I remember him most from First Knight.
Er. I remember him from A Knight’s Tale. Not First Knight. First Knight sucked and A Knight’s Tale did not.
He broke my goddamn heart in Brokeback, mostly because I knew someone EXACTLY LIKE HIM. I too was convinced he was on the cusp of greatness. Now.. we’ll never know.
Really bad news. The guy could have been great. I always got annoyed with people who wrote him off as an Orlando Bloom type pretty boy and I seriously think that Dark Knight would have changed that. Of course the saddest part is that he’s now going to be “Tragically young Death Guy.” His wasted potential and the drama of his early demise will overshadow everything that he actually did do or could have done.
That said I must admit that I had a moment of comic geek psycopathy when I head the news: “Hmm. Wonder how this will affect the Batman sequels.”
I was vaguely familiar with his work… I thought the drastic differences between the roles he had done (that I had seen) were enough to show that he was great.
If you click on the article through MSN.com (“Autopsy Inconclusive”), near the end it seems like he was so into his characters that it would affect his personal life, apparently in a negative way after playing Bob Dylan and the Joker. That he took his acting so seriously indicates to me, at least, that he was a serious great talent. It reminds me of something I heard the late great Marlon Brando was reported to say (in a documentary), that there were some roles he could not take, especially as he got older, because they “would make (him) sick”.
Rambling comment, but… this is a real tragedy. I didn’t see this coming at all.
Sorry to post again, but 2nd what It-Box and Milkman Dan said. Unfortunately, about the “geek moment” as well. **shame, shame, shame.**
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