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Re: Heath Ledger Tributes and Obituaries...
« Reply #190 on: March 07, 2008, 01:29:42 am »
On the Walkabout

Remembering Heath Ledger (1979-2008)

"Wasn't he just there, standing right in front of us?"

By Justin Vicari

Actors are known to be complicated beings. Because the successful ones loom so large in our vision, their deaths are complicated too, even when they grow old and die of natural causes. Their recorded legacy always remains so vivid, so attached to life and youthfulness, that death seems to be one more Hollywood illusion. Weren't they just there, standing right in front of us, taking our breath away? But nothing feels stranger than when an actor's life is cut short irrevocably in his prime, as was proven again by the shocking, still unassimilable death of Heath Ledger, on January 22, 2008.

A sense of inner contradiction is conjured up already within his name itself, composed of two strong yet poetic nouns a rugged outdoor setting familiar to readers of Wuthering Heights, and the studious lined pages into which school lessons are copied out and accounts totaled up. So Heath Ledger seemed to possess both qualities of a man of action and of contemplation. Maybe it was his Australian nationality that made him seem convincing when he spoke of his life as "a walkabout" a ritual harmonizing of body and spirit with nature and the universe. His sincerity made it seem like more than just new age speak, as it would have sounded from nearly anyone else.

Even from his earliest, most casual roles, we see him seeking some depth beneath the surface. His bid for seriousness did not take the form of apologizing for his handsomeness, or trying to conceal it; at least not exactly. But consider the way he appears in 10 Things I Hate About You almost bemused that the school looks up to him as a sex symbol. Rather than condescend to the geeky outcasts who solicit his help with girls, he seems to seek out equal ground with them. In A Knight's Tale he plays shepherd to a scraggly, straggling flock of born losers, riding to their rescue again and again. Fellowship is an abiding theme of his films, and it does not seem accidental that Terry Gilliam cast him as the sensitive Grimm brother who cares more genuinely about the brotherhood and its precarious enterprise.

Perhaps these roles led more naturally than anyone could have supposed into the film for which he will probably be most remembered, for better or worse, but I think for better. As much as Brokeback Mountain functions as a kind of ensemble drama, it is Ledger who steals scene after scene with ferocious understatement. This makes his moments of uninhibited emotion all the more powerful. Who can forget his restless pacing by the window while he waits for Jack to arrive, and then his giddy bounding across the floor when he finally sees his pickup truck pulling up one of the most honestly and unabashedly romantic moments in all of recent cinema. Or the way he lets his features distort with pain during the argument with Jack by the lake where they spend their precious time away from their heterosexual lives? And of course the last devastating close-up as he peers tearfully into his closet full of memories a summation as succinctly elegiac and sublime as the closing shot of Victor Seastrom in Bergman's Wild Strawberries.

He was not known for leading a wild life or getting into trouble with the law, unlike other young actors. Perhaps he kept things as bottled up as some of his characters. The sleeping pills that were found around his bed, as well as the massage therapist whose regular appointment led to the discovery of his body, suggest that there may have been stresses in his life that no one was aware of. The entertainment industry has been known to squeeze blood out of stones; it is a truism that the system tends to breed real-life disasters more poignant and heartbreaking than the plots of the films it churns out. Is Ledger the latest in that long line of casualties who found themselves overworked, strung out on dizzying swings between adulation and excoriation, unable to wrest any semblance of a private life back from the glaring eye of public scrutiny? Fame is not a walkabout after all, but a one-way ticket, and the destination often changes midway through the journey. We are all deprived by the fact that Heath Ledger could not reach that destination.

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Re: Heath Ledger Tributes and Obituaries...
« Reply #191 on: March 07, 2008, 02:54:23 am »
On the Walkabout

Remembering Heath Ledger (1979-2008)

As much as Brokeback Mountain functions as a kind of ensemble drama, it is Ledger who steals scene after scene with ferocious understatement. This makes his moments of uninhibited emotion all the more powerful. Who can forget his restless pacing by the window while he waits for Jack to arrive, and then his giddy bounding across the floor when he finally sees his pickup truck pulling up one of the most honestly and unabashedly romantic moments in all of recent cinema. Or the way he lets his features distort with pain during the argument with Jack by the lake where they spend their precious time away from their heterosexual lives? And of course the last devastating close-up as he peers tearfully into his closet full of memories a summation as succinctly elegiac and sublime as the closing shot of Victor Seastrom in Bergman's Wild Strawberries.


I agree with this comment 100%. One of the things that make the reunion scene so powerful and overwhelming is the build up to it. It was fantastic acting on Heath's part. Although I find that the word 'acting' doesn't do what he did justice.

Thanks for posting the article Fran.  :)
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Re: Heath Ledger Tributes and Obituaries...
« Reply #192 on: March 07, 2008, 05:02:23 am »
We are all deprived by the fact that Heath Ledger could not reach that destination.

So true...

 :'( :'( :'(

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Re: Heath Ledger Tributes and Obituaries...
« Reply #193 on: March 11, 2008, 04:02:30 am »


Here's a beautiful rendition of "The Wings" by singer Shane August.

[youtube=425,350]http://youtube.com/watch?v=wzuA7cYmKtY#[/youtube]

The song is "Wings" from the Brokeback Mountain Soundtrack and was composed by Gustavo Santaolalla.

Lyrics by Shane August. Performed by Shane August

"You give me the wings to fly
You are the clear blue sky
I'm floating so free, so high
Falling with grace, for you, am I
You give me the wings to fly"


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Heath Ledger will be missed by us all.


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There were only two of them on the mountain flying in the euphoric, bitter air, looking down on the hawks back and crawling lights of vehicles on the plain below....they believed themselves invisible.   A. Proulx

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Re: Heath Ledger Tributes and Obituaries...
« Reply #194 on: March 12, 2008, 09:10:08 am »
Ang Lee talked emotionally about Heath in an interview at ShoWest 2008, here's the link to view the video:

http://video.accesshollywood.com/player/?id=228082


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Re: Heath Ledger Tributes and Obituaries...
« Reply #195 on: March 12, 2008, 10:29:56 am »
Ang Lee talked emotionally about Heath in an interview at ShoWest 2008, here's the link to view the video:

http://video.accesshollywood.com/player/?id=228082



"He was a great actor. I miss him a lot, I really miss him..."

Bless you, Ang. He really seems to be grieving still. I loved how he said that watching Batman will be difficult. I know it will be for us too.

Thanks for posting this, yb!

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Re: Heath Ledger Tributes and Obituaries...
« Reply #196 on: March 12, 2008, 11:55:41 am »
Ang Lee talked emotionally about Heath in an interview at ShoWest 2008, here's the link to view the video:

http://video.accesshollywood.com/player/?id=228082



Thanks so much for posting this.  Ang Lee is such a class act.  He's just so amazing.

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Re: Heath Ledger Tributes and Obituaries...
« Reply #197 on: March 12, 2008, 12:57:11 pm »
Ang Lee talked emotionally about Heath in an interview at ShoWest 2008, here's the link to view the video:

http://video.accesshollywood.com/player/?id=228082



Thanks so much for posting this Betty. I second everything what was already said about Ang Lee. He always gives the impression of being a very humble man and very calm.

Again and again Ang slips into present tense when talking about Heath:" he shows every sign of ...; ...that's how intense and devoted he is...; he is a great actor, I miss him a lot"

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Re: Heath Ledger Tributes and Obituaries...
« Reply #198 on: March 12, 2008, 01:40:43 pm »
Ang Lee talked emotionally about Heath in an interview at ShoWest 2008, here's the link to view the video:

http://video.accesshollywood.com/player/?id=228082



Let me add my thanks for posting this.  What a lovely man - so honest, open and unassuming, and it's clear that he speaks from his heart.  I was so touched.

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Re: Heath Ledger Tributes and Obituaries...
« Reply #199 on: March 12, 2008, 10:31:09 pm »
Ang Lee talked emotionally about Heath in an interview at ShoWest 2008, here's the link to view the video:

http://video.accesshollywood.com/player/?id=228082

That just reminds me all over again how much I love Ang.  Bless him!  :-*
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