What exactly happened is unclear, but Australian actor Heath Ledger had died this afternoon, apparently of an overdose of over-the-counter sleeping medication. It’s not politics, and it’s not something that impacts the lives of everyday people. But as a film buff (and one who has been eagerly awaiting the upcoming Batman film The Dark Knight), this is… well, “distressing” is not the right word, nor “upsetting”… let’s go with “disappointing”, especially since Ledger didn’t appear to be a figure involved in Britney-Spearsesque self-destructive behavior. Ledger was a talented young actor. The previews for The Dark Knight hint at a marvelous performance. It’s unfortunate that we will not be able to experience other performances by Ledger, and it’s more unfortunate that his two year old child will now grow up without a father.

Watching The Dark Knight will undoubtedly be a weird experience now. Not as weird as The Crow, perhaps, but still a little odd.

  • I’m with you on this one. I liked ledger in the Patriot and Knights Tale and have thought for a long time he’s one of the better newer actors to come along. Playing the Joker would have been an absolute breakout role as well.

    This is just sad and a waste.

  • Unfortunately, I don’t think we’ll know for certain what happened for quite a while yet.

    However, I did see this:

    Nice. Apparently playing a gay man in a movie is the same thing as being a gay man. So, if you play a murderer in tv/movie/theater, you’ve presumably broken God’s commandment not to kill?

    Idiots. These are people who just love to hate.

  • WOW! That flyer deserves a post of its own…

  • Totally agree with all here. Heath was an amazing young actor. Imagine what we’d have seen from him? I saw him in something early on and was not that impressed, but Brokeback Mountain was just unreal. Incredible performance.

    What flyer? I just see a broken photobucket image.

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