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Old 01-28-2008, 07:53 AM   #391
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Dark Knight Director On Ledger's Death
Posted by Ashish on 01.28.2008

Christopher Nolan article on Ledger's death...

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The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan posted the following article about the death of Heath Ledger on darkknightblog.com.
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One night, as I'm standing on LaSalle Street in Chicago, trying to line up a shot for "The Dark Knight," a production assistant skateboards into my line of sight. Silently, I curse the moment that Heath first skated onto our set in full character makeup. I'd fretted about the reaction of Batman fans to a skateboarding Joker, but the actual result was a proliferation of skateboards among the younger crew members. If you'd asked those kids why they had chosen to bring their boards to work, they would have answered honestly that they didn't know. That's real charisma—as invisible and natural as gravity. That's what Heath had.

Heath was bursting with creativity. It was in his every gesture. He once told me that he liked to wait between jobs until he was creatively hungry. Until he needed it again. He brought that attitude to our set every day. There aren't many actors who can make you feel ashamed of how often you complain about doing the best job in the world. Heath was one of them.

One time he and another actor were shooting a complex scene. We had two days to shoot it, and at the end of the first day, they'd really found something and Heath was worried that he might not have it if we stopped. He wanted to carry on and finish. It's tough to ask the crew to work late when we all know there's plenty of time to finish the next day. But everyone seemed to understand that Heath had something special and that we had to capture it before it disappeared. Months later, I learned that as Heath left the set that night, he quietly thanked each crew member for working late. Quietly. Not trying to make a point, just grateful for the chance to create that they'd given him.

Those nights on the streets of Chicago were filled with stunts. These can be boring times for an actor, but Heath was fascinated, eagerly accepting our invitation to ride in the camera car as we chased vehicles through movie traffic—not just for the thrill ride, but to be a part of it. Of everything. He'd brought his laptop along in the car, and we had a high-speed screening of two of his works-in-progress: short films he'd made that were exciting and haunting. Their exuberance made me feel jaded and leaden. I've never felt as old as I did watching Heath explore his talents. That night I made him an offer—knowing he wouldn't take me up on it—that he should feel free to come by the set when he had a night off so he could see what we were up to.

When you get into the edit suite after shooting a movie, you feel a responsibility to an actor who has trusted you, and Heath gave us everything. As we started my cut, I would wonder about each take we chose, each trim we made. I would visualize the screening where we'd have to show him the finished film—sitting three or four rows behind him, watching the movements of his head for clues to what he was thinking about what we'd done with all that he'd given us. Now that screening will never be real. I see him every day in my edit suite. I study his face, his voice. And I miss him terribly.

Back on LaSalle Street, I turn to my assistant director and I tell him to clear the skateboarding kid out of my line of sight when I realize—it's Heath, woolly hat pulled low over his eyes, here on his night off to take me up on my offer. I can't help but smile.


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the bold is the part I found best... great article of Chris Nolan...


damn, Heath...
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Old 01-28-2008, 08:36 AM   #392
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I am so relieved that his family was able to have privacy for the services, even in LA and hopefully in Australia too.
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The Fox News talk-show host mocked Heath Ledger's death on his radio show. That's unacceptable, and he should be shunned.

By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
January 26, 2008

Why exactly is John Gibson still on the air?

Three days ago, the Fox News talk-show host opened his radio show with hate-filled, and prepared, mockery of actor Heath Ledger's death. Auditory clips of Ledger's most famous film, "Brokeback Mountain," played with a background of funeral music, ending with his character's lover, Jack Twist, saying, "I wish I knew how to quit you."

"Well, he found out how to quit you," Gibson chortled before launching into a show that repeatedly referenced the 28-year-old actor's death as if it were some sort of joke. Among other things, Gibson suggested, laughing the whole time, that the actor had killed himself because of the stock market downturn, the stalled John Edwards campaign or because he was just a "weirdo" with "a serious drug problem."

Never mind that the cause of death has yet to be established. Never mind that even if it were a drug overdose or a suicide, it would still be a tragedy, and not because he was a movie star but because he was a 28-year-old human being.

After the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and other groups denounced Gibson's behavior, he at first defended it as a joke, explaining that he had long made fun of the "quit you" line and wasn't about to stop now. Then Thursday, clearly responding to increased pressure, he issued a statement during Fox News' "The Big Story With John Gibson and Heather Nauert," saying he was sorry if some people were offended by his remarks and also that he was sorry Ledger had died.

If this reminds you of another radio personality's recent tour through the early stages of (at least temporary) career death -- denial, anger, bargaining -- there's good reason. Don Imus lost his show as a result of a similar "joke" -- a racist reference to the Rutgers women's basketball team -- and there is no good reason why Gibson's fate should not be similar.

Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of Gibson's remarks was their premeditation. The opening had been scripted. Then he enjoyed his ghastly jaunt so much he could not let it drop. The Imus excuse -- that he made a regrettable off-the-cuff comment -- does not even apply, actually. Gibson's defense -- I have been making fun of gays for years, why should I stop just because someone died? -- is truly chilling, while his "I'm sorry if some of you found my remarks offensive" is a classic non-apology.

Yes, there are many things occupying our minds these days -- the economy, the presidential race, the writers strike, the weather -- but this is one of those moments, folks, when we, the television and radio audience, need to take a moment and consider where we stand.

Because it's easy to say to yourself, "Well, what else do you expect from these ridiculous 'schlock jocks'? They seem to go out of their way to prove they're idiots."

When my editor asked if I wanted to write something about Gibson, my first reaction was, "Why give the guy more attention than he deserves?" But that's a cop-out, and one that has been used over the years to excuse or ignore invective leveled at many, including the Irish and African Americans, as well as Jews and women.

That Gibson would choose the event of a young man's death -- a young heterosexual man, it must be said -- to exercise his "right" to homophobia is not just a matter of taste, it's an issue of policy. What is Fox News' policy about the language of hate? And more important, what is our policy?

mary.mcnamara@latimes.com
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John Gibson is garbage, not worth even considering his "humor". Arrogant loser. I do agree with Mary McNamara though, how can Fox employ someone who is that ignorant and hateful and insensitive? Maybe I just answered my own question...

He had issues with Brokeback Mountain- maybe he's a homophobe or something, who knows.
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Chris Nolan's article brought tears to my eyes .
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John Gibson is garbage, not worth even considering his "humor". Arrogant loser. I do agree with Mary McNamara though, how can Fox employ someone who is that ignorant and hateful and insensitive? Maybe I just answered my own question...

He had issues with Brokeback Mountain- maybe he's a homophobe or something, who knows.
If he works for FoxNews, he's almost definitely a homophobe. I'm so glad I don't get Fox News; I'd be screaming at the TV all day! I was so glad when my local cable provider stopped providing CNN Headline News and MSNBC, so I could stop wasting my time getting angry at Glenn Beck and Donnie Deutsch.
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Heath Ledger was tired and emotional before his shocking Jan. 22 death, Deepak Chopra tells PEOPLE.

"He was a little depressed about not having seen his daughter," explained the The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success author, who was with their mutual friend Shekhar Kapur – Ledger's director in the 2002's The Four Feathers – when he spoke to the actor the day before he died. "It was like, 'I'm missing my girl. ... ' He hadn't seen [two-year-old Matilda] over the holidays, he mentioned that."

The 28-year-old Ledger, who was in the midst of shooting The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, also admitted he was having trouble sleeping. "He's a very, very ambitious actor and hard-working guy," said Chopra. "He was still high from the experience [of filming in London] and he hadn't come down ... He was exhausted."

But the actor was still excitedly making plans – agreeing to meet Chopra and Kapur for dinner the following day. The doctor even tried to schedule a massage for Ledger at New York's Chopra Center on that fateful day. But by the time the appointment was confirmed, the actor had already made plans to get a rubdown at his apartment.

When Ledger's body was found in his Manhattan apartment, Chopra heard about it via text message – leaving him to break the news to Kapur. "I had to sit him down and say, 'I'm sorry to tell you this, but we're not going to be having dinner with Heath. He's dead.' " said Chopra. "Shekhar is totally devastated." (The director, who called Ledger "brother," later described the actor as the "most gentle, the most honest, most caring" person.)

Chopra recalled Ledger as a doting dad with a spiritual side. "[Heath] was always questioning about the meaning of existence," he said. "He'd always bring up existential dilemmas and conundrums ... Is there a higher consciousness? What's the meaning of existence?"

That's why, in the end, the best-selling author thinks it's unlikely Ledger could have taken his own life. (The initial autopsy was inconclusive on "cause of death and manner of death;" toxicology results are still pending.)

"He was connected to life and joy," said Chopra. "Joy is the word."
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omg.. that just breaks my heart reading that.. nice article...
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I'm afraid that Chopra is probably correct and yes, it is so sad. It's not a suicide, it was a sad mistake and Heath's over tired, over stressed, jet lagged, anxiety-filled system plus any anti anxiety and sleep inducing medications overtook him. I STILL don't understand why it took that masseusse so long to call 911. AND...what's the connection to Olsen?
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Supposedly Heath and Mary Kate had a romantic relationship of some sort, that is what is reported by some people. Who knows?

One thing is perfectly clear, that he loved his daughter very much and was a devoted Dad.
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I heard Heath and Mary Kate had been secretly dating for 3 mos.
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http://perezhilton.com/2008-01-30-sh...h-ledger-video

I guess Entertainment Tonight and another show is going to air a drug video of Heath. I'm really sad that they have resorted to doing this. I used to think Entertainment Tonight was great back in the day now they are just disgusting.
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ET is gonna air the footage Thursday night. They teased it tonight. The footage is from two years ago.
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Hopefully they will get a lot of shit for doing this, but unfortunately the public will probably just eat it up and not question the ethics of this kind of journalism.

In a perfect world, people would storm the studios and burn that motherfucker down to the ground, and tar and feather the scumbags who produce and appear on these shows.
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