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23 January 2008 @ 01:34 pm
Good Night And God Bless, Heath...  
I was going to post about this yesterday, but I think I'm still trying to get my mind around it. Anissa called me at work to tell me the news. At first I didn't believe it. He was only a year younger than me. He has a beautiful young daughter. He has a film coming out in the next few months that has generated a huge amount of buzz, a good portion of which was because of his interpretation of the Joker. A film that would very likely be a blockbuster and finally make people take stand up and force them to take notice. And then, in an instant, a bright star in the film industry was gone.

Heath was an extraordinary actor. If you've seen his body of work, everything from 10 Things I Hate About You  to Monster's Ball to A Knight's Tale, you know that his tastes in roles were eclectic and his performance, heartfelt. Heath was his role for the time he performed it. All eighteen of his films here in America atest to this. And I could go on for hours about his amazing performance as Ennis del Mar in Brokeback Mountain, a role that many 'straight' actors would have balked at, but in which I personally think was his strongest and most beautiful performance. Especially in that I spent the whole film wanting to either snuggle him and tell him that it was all going to be alright or beat him in the head for being so stupid. It was the believability he brought to that role that finally made people stand up and acknowledge him.  

Heath, you were a star on the rise with a bright future, plucked from the sky far too soon. Who knows what more you could have brought to our lives? Know that you are missed and loved by the many fans that mourn you and the many more that The Dark Knight will bring. 

Rest in peace, sweetheart. You've earned it.
On the Verge of: sadSad
✰ ❝elliαniα❞ ĸatrine: misc: hugselliania on January 23rd, 2008 07:20 pm (UTC)
wow. That was beautiful well say. :(
Lois: Jason Sniffleskalalanekent on January 24th, 2008 07:51 pm (UTC)
I felt it. It's so sad a loss to the acting community.
dj_intheuk: Reeve Eyedj_intheuk on January 23rd, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC)
nice tribute :) My shock has turned to sadness :(
Lois: Lois Shockedkalalanekent on January 24th, 2008 07:51 pm (UTC)
I feel the same way. It's just unreal.
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Lois: Lois Weaknesskalalanekent on January 24th, 2008 07:53 pm (UTC)
Me, too. It's just such a shocking loss. And he had so many things on his plate at the time. Gone long before his time.
kara_el: fanfic pickara_el on January 24th, 2008 05:47 am (UTC)
Heath Ledger -- now a legend
Beautifully expressed, K. Y'know, I love my choir pals, but when I told them about Heath Ledger's passing they were... less than interested. Most had not even seen Brokeback Mountain! I was unimpressed to say the least and came away with a different impression of the group -- I sensed a slight snobbery about watching "movies" and an assumption that his looks were the measure of his talent. I plan to throw more quality pop culture in their paths in the future. There's more to life than classical music people!!

I know I'm a bit off topic here, but my students today at school were distressed by Heath's passing and spoke highly (and eloquently) about the various roles he tackled. My so-called educated friends are not with it -- their loss.

Again, thaank you for a touching memorial to this lost talent.
clarks_girlclarks_girl on January 24th, 2008 12:00 pm (UTC)
Thankyou so much for your kind words Lois. The world and in particular Australia has lost a wonderful actor, person and countryman. God speed to his family who are on their way to bring him home, and God bless his baby daughter.

Lois: Lois Weaknesskalalanekent on January 24th, 2008 07:54 pm (UTC)
How is the Australian public taking it, Jody? I know the majority of us that are fans are just...shocked.
clarks_girlclarks_girl on January 25th, 2008 09:59 am (UTC)
Guttered is the only way I can describe the feeling down here, and has been the headline news since we first learn early Wednesday morning our time. Heath has been a part of our lives here since his early teens when he started out on popular soap. He came to prominence with the Australian movie Two Hands with Bryan Brown. We loved him because he was so down to earth, a boy who loved his mum and dad, worshiped his daughter and truly loved his fans. What is so heartbreaking - particularly with The Dark Knight - is that Heath was only just starting to bloom into his full potential. I had the chance to meet him a few years ago when he was filming Ned Kelly up the road from where I live, and what I remember most is he was happy to talk to everyone between takes, sign autographs.
Lois: Jason Sniffleskalalanekent on January 25th, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
And you actually got to meet him? Oh, sweetie! It always makes it harder when you've actually spoken to them, seen them face to face. I'm so glad you got that chance, though. This is why it means so much to me that I meet Margot.