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Re: Heath Ledger in his own Words
« Reply #170 on: February 12, 2008, 01:14:07 am »
Late Night With Conan O'Brien
Brothers Grimm Interview

 
Friday, 19 August 2005 
 
Transcribed from VHS by HeathHEATHENS.com
 
Conan O'Brien:  My first guest has starred in such films as Monsterís Ball & The Patriot. His new movie, The Brothers Grimm, opens August 26th. Please welcome Heath Ledger.

Heath bounds out from backstage, wearing his dark pin-striped suit jacket, button with the middle button, over a white t-shirt. He has on the lapel pin ribbon that he wore to the Brothers Grimm premiere, and rust/red leather (my guess is hand-sewn) lace-up boots. Heís full of exuberance and energy.
 
Conan:  Thanks for cominí.
 
Heath:   Thanks for haviní me.
 
C:   Ya gotta little bit of Conan energy there!
 
H:   Yeah! Rawr! I was watching you before, and Iím a little keyed up.
 
C:   Apparently youíve had a lot of sugar, yeah!
 
H:    I have.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
C:    No, Thanks for cominí; first of all . . . uh, those are cool!
       (points to Heathís new boots.)
                                                                                           
H:    Yeah, theyíre all right, huh?
 
C:    Look at that!
 
H:    I got a-attacked by a cat on the way here. They werenít supposed
        to be red. . .
 
C:   Yeah, that would frighten any animal, yeah . . . thatís cool, though.
       Now, I wanna ask you something first of all, you are originally
       from Australia, but I donít know where in Australia . . .
 
H:    Ah, Perth, Western Australia
 
C:    Perth. Never been to Perth, but . . . absolutely beautiful place Australia.
 
H:    It is; It is beautiful, yeah.
 
C:   Fantastic, but now you live in Brooklyn.
 
H:   Yup. (audience cheers and Heath gives the thumbs up)
 
C:   And I was thinking, like, . . .   Uh-oh, theyíre gonna be waiting for me when I leave (referring to audience) "Whatídya sayin  bout  Brooklyn".   
       No, Brooklynís great, but I canít imagine a place that would be more opposite
 
H:    Yeah
 
C:    than Australia, right? I mean itís just gotta be completely different.
 
H:    It is, and thatís kinda what I love about it at this point. I was after some . . . a change, you know? Um . . . Itís just so quiet;  itís real living,   ya know, and Iím lugging my laundry down to the laundrymat, uh, you know my duties right now are just keeping the house clean, my  girlfriend happy, . . . um . . .
 
C:   Right, . . . I love that you just say, like yah, I had to get outa Australia so I could lug some laundry around, ya know?
Transcribed by HeathHEATHENS.com
H:    (Laughs - Audience laughs) Thatís good.
 
C:    But but you also, ya get hounded a bit in Australia, youíre . . . you know, a big star anywhere, but in Australia the paparazzi kinda  gives  you a hard time?
 
H:    Yeah, I guess so; I mean . . . look, (pfeww) theyíre bored, I think.   You know.   They donít get many people going down to  Australia,   and  so itís uh . . . you know.
 
C:    Theyíve got all the photos of Crocodile Dundee they would ever want . . .
 
H:    ( laughs)
 
C:    Theyíre like, "Weíve gotta get Heath now."
 
H:    Yeah
 
C:    So you come to Brooklyn, and the paparazzi, they donít really want to go into Brooklyn to badly, right?
 
H:    Nah, couldnít care less; itís great,
 
Audience member: Yeah.
 
H:    Yeh.
 
C:    (to audience member) You settle down, sir, or Iíll come up there.   Weíll let Mr. T take care of that guy.
 
(Heath Laughs)
 
C:    But uh . . . so youíre having a good time, and I know that, sometimes in Australia when youíve had a hard time with the  paparazzi, um .  . . and itís common among stars, they tend to lose it, once in a while . . .
 
H:     (under his breath) slapíem around?
 
C:    Youíve actually thrown, you throw stuff at them?
 
H:    (Pause) Yeh . . . (uncomfortable giggle)
 
(Audience laughs at Heathís fidgeting)

C:    I think people are behind you on that; I donít think anyoneís complaining, but what do you throw?
 
H:    Iíve thrown an egg . . . or two, yeh . . . not at them just kinda next to them, so it splatters up against them. . . (uncomfortable laugh)
 
C:    Youíve put a lotta thought into it . . .
 
H:    But thatís how pathetic it is; like thatís what we were reduced to, you know, like ya canít . . . ya canít actually stand up and slap them; I  mean, when they kinda spy in on you, and ya trying to like bathe out in the sun, and ya, you're with ya girlfriend and your friends & your family, and theyíre spying in on you, it actually feels like you're getting a slap across the face . . .
 
C:    Right, right.
 
H:    And we canít physically stand up and hit them back, of course . . . itíd be rude, and  against the law (heh), um . . . so you  just, you  get an egg an . . . (makes lobbing motion)
 
C:    Thatís a good idea. Do you carry eggs with you?  Do you have an egg dispenser . . .
 
H:    Yeh . . . (laughs)
 
C:     . . . strapped to your chest at all times.
 
H:     (makes gunslinging sounds as he whips imaginary eggs from holsters and lobs them at imaginary paparazzi)
 
C:     Very nice. Thatís a cool sound, by the way.
 
H:     Thanks a lot; I got more . . .
 
C:     This guy provides his own sound effects.
 
H:     sound effects (laughs)
 
C:     Now, um, correct me if Iím wrong; Iím an idiot, but Australia now is having, . . . weíre in the summer, but itís the winter for Australia, is that right?
 
H:      Yeh
 
C :    Does that mean like, snow and people cooking at the chimney and uh . . . what does it mean when itís winter in Australia.
 
H:     Umm. . . what does it mean? Uh . . .
 
C:     I mean, does it get really cold, are the kangaroos wearing mittens ? . . .
 
H:     Not really. I mean, it was quite confusing growing up, I mean . . . for example, I mean . . . Christmas time in Australia, I  grew up . .  . uh  you know . . . around the bar-b-que, kinda cooking sausages n steaks, in 40 degree heat, sweating, in  flip-flops and shorts, and  singlets, singing (Heath sings) Dashing through the snow, in a one horse open sleigh, oíer the fields we go . . .
 
C:     Yeah right, itís not the same experience that youíve seen . . . yeah . . . youíre getting a sunburn, and ah, it sounds kinda cool, though. .  . It sounds like itíd be a good time.
 
H:      It is; itís beautiful, yeah.
 
C:     Now I wanna ask you, one of the things thatís famous in Australia is thereís an aboriginal instrument . . .
Transcribed by HeathHEATHENS.com
H:     Mmm-hmmm
 
C:     thatís well-known, which is called the didgeri. . .
 
H:     Didgeridoo
 
C :    Didgeridoo
 
H:     Yeh . . .
 
C:     and Iíve seen it in certain movies, and Iím sure everyone here has heard it.   Itís that kinda (makes didgeridoo sounds  with  hands and lips)
 
H:     Yeah, thatís really good . . .
 
C:      Iím not done . . .
 
Heath & audience laughs
 
C:     Sorry. Uh . . . But ah, itís such a cool instrument, and it turns out, Iíve heard that you play the didgeridoo.
 
H:     I can play the didgeridoo, yeh . . .
 
C:     Really?
 
H:     Real . . . yeah.
 
C:     Cuz we happen to have a didgeridoo right here . . . (reaches behind chair)
 
H:     (laughs uncomfortably and wipes his forehead)
 
C:     You know whatís amazing?  Iíve had this didgeridoo back here for 12 years . . .
 
H:     Hah! . . .
 
C:    And Iím always like . . . "Al Roker?" And heís like, "No!" (shakes head no)   Desperate Housewives? No . . . But if you could give us a demonstration, is that all right?
 
H:     O.k., sure . . .
 
C:    Am I even holding this right? I donít know which is the right end . . .
 
H:    (Heath takes didge) Do you know how they, they, make these, they find these . . . the aboriginals will walk through the uh . . . in the outback, and they walk up to trees, n this (running hand down the didge) is like the trunk of a tree, and they tap it like this.
        (Makes tapping sound on didge).
        And they listen to it . . . and listen to the sound, whether or not itís hollow; itís actually termites that kinda bite their way through, and clear it out . . .
 
C:    So they find a piece of wood thatís been hollowed out already by a termite?
 
H:    Thatís right. Then they cut the tree down and turn it into this.
        All right . . . (stretches & shifts into playing position)
 
C:    All right, letís give it a shot. And are the termites out by now? Do you have to . . . ?
 
H:    Yeh. . . no.
 
C:    O.k.
 
H:    So ya gotta be really really quiet . . .
 
C:    K, here we go.
     
( Heath gives a quick blow,  as a joke,  the way he did on Ellen in 2004.  Audience laughs.)
 
H:    Thank you very much!
       (Heath now really plays several seconds on the didge, this time adding an  interesting thumping sound to his repertoire at the end.. )
 
Audience applauds and Heath smiles.
 
C:     That is cool, actually! Thatís a cool sound!
 
H:     (handing didge back to Conan) Put it back there for another 20  years . . . (laughing)
 
C:     Thatís a cool sound.
 
H:     Díya wanna give it a shot?
 
C:     How would I?  What díya do ta do it?  I donít even know.
 
H:     Give it a go.
 
(Conan makes the same screeching sounds that Ellen did. Be glad you canít hear it! LOL)
(Yells into didge mouth) "This isnít working for me!"
 
Heath laughs.
 
C:     I think I just threw up into it. Iím sorry. I got tense, it has something to do with the lips, though, probably.
 
H:     That was good. That was pretty close, yeah.
 
C:     Itís a very eerie, sort of ominous sound . . .
 
H:     Yeh . . . Itís hypnotic almost, isnít it?  Trancelike.
 
C:     Yeah, yeah . . . I will do your bidding now.
 
(Heath laughs)
 
C:     Can you solo on it?    You ever bang out, . . . can you do like a Hendrix solo?
 
H:     Oh, Iíd love to; Iíd love to. . . I shouldíve at least an album or something like that. (Laughs)
 
C:     Alright, I thank you very much for doing that, we . . . letís talk about The Brothers Grimm.
 
H:     Yeah.
 
C:     Ahhh. . . actual . . . weíve all heard of the brothers Grimm. These are actual people from the 19th century that I guess,. . .   uh . . .  well, you tell it. Youíll tell it better than I will.
 
H:     Sure, well, the actual people were, ya know, um. . . highly respected scholars. You know, in Germany, and they collected  folk lores, folk tales, and ya know . . .um. . . actually, in actual fact, Jacob, my character, went on to become a politician.
         Uhh . . . they wrote half the German dictionary, la-dadada-da . . . (thatís Heathís version of Yada yada yada.  LOL) . . .  then thereís our film . . .  and uh, . . . our filmís, I dunno if youíve seen it or not, but itís a Terry Gilliam version of this, so  itís a fairy tale. Um . . . and uh . . . itís a beautiful film. Itís uh. . . very eccentric; Terry Gilliamís one of my favorite directors;  heís done incredible films, going back to  like, Monty Python era and stuff . . . I adore him.
        And so basically, in this film, Matt Damon is my brother, and the two of us kinda go from town to town bilking these villagers for  their kinda hard-earned . . . um dollar. Um . . .and we set up these little scams where we pretend to vanquish their towns of these kinda mill-witches, and uh you know, bridge trolls, when in actual fact, weíre setting em up . . . setting up little scenarios with  actors . . .
 
C:    Youíre scamming them a little bit.
 
H:    Scamming them, thatís right. And then we encounter a real enchanted forest, and thatís the story . . .
 
C:    Itís sorta the uh . . . historical meets. . . sort of the fantasy element here. . .
 
H:    Yeah, thatís right.
 
C:    We have a clip here. Is there anything we need to know specifically for this?
 
H:    Uh, no. Go for it.
 
C:    Oh, alright. (Everyone laughs) How refreshing. Letís take a look at this clip from The Brothers Grimm . . .

Clip shows . . . (Itís the "heís my daughter" . . . "and a fine wife heíll make some man, someday" . . . clip)  Audience applauds . . .
 
C:     The Brothers Grimm opens August 26th. Hey Heath, thanks so much for cominí by, yeah.
(Shakes Heathís hand.)
 
H:    Thanks so much for having me, yeah.

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Re: Heath Ledger in his own Words
« Reply #171 on: February 16, 2008, 12:45:23 am »
Hi. I've been registered for quite a while but never posted- I hang out over at EJ. I'm making my own little tribute book for Heath and am including this and I don't feel right "taking" without saying thanks. Thanks for putting this together here- it brought smiles and of course, the tears. Thanks again~Michelle.

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Re: Heath Ledger in his own Words
« Reply #172 on: February 18, 2008, 01:33:25 pm »
Hi. I've been registered for quite a while but never posted- I hang out over at EJ. I'm making my own little tribute book for Heath and am including this and I don't feel right "taking" without saying thanks. Thanks for putting this together here- it brought smiles and of course, the tears. Thanks again~Michelle.

Hey Michelle, nice of you to stop by! Will you show us all the end result here on bettermost?

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Re: Heath Ledger in his own Words
« Reply #173 on: February 18, 2008, 04:43:31 pm »
Here is a Heath quote I really like.  It was taken from Kevin Sessums: Remembering Heath Ledger at http://www.vanityfair.com/ontheweb/blogs/daily/2008/01/kevin-sessums-r.html.  Heath and Kevin were sitting outside near the Vltava River in Prague.

Kevin Sessums wrote Vanity Fair's August 2000 cover story about Heath Ledger.


ďI look up at those stars and go, ĎThereís no explanation for us to be here.í When anything is blocking my head or thereís worry in my life, I justówhooshógo sit on Mars or something and look back here at Earth. All you can see is this tiny speck. You donít see the fear. You donít see the pain. You donít see the movie industry. You donít see this interview. You donít see thought. Itís just one solid speck. Then nothing really matters. It just doesnít.Ē



Welcome to Bettermost, Susiebk!

That's a beautiful quote!  Thank-you for providing it!

Bruce


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Re: Heath Ledger in his own Words
« Reply #174 on: February 18, 2008, 06:19:37 pm »
ďMy dad loves being a father. He has to be a father, which I love and hate. I guess it started when I left home, but our relationship went from being in each otherís face to being best friends. I guess that comes from understanding him as an adult now that Iím an adult. Itís amazing when you come to accept each otherís mistakes and let each other make them.Ē
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Re: Heath Ledger in his own Words
« Reply #175 on: February 18, 2008, 06:37:50 pm »
On being compared to other Australian actors, Chud.com, April 25, 2001:

"It is a media thing. When people ask that, you're forced to make things up to please them. I have no answers to that. It's all constructed by the media."
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Re: Heath Ledger in his own Words
« Reply #176 on: February 18, 2008, 06:42:39 pm »
Heath at the premiere of 'A Knight's Tale" in Westwood.

"I'd rather be at the Lakers game. It's playoff time, but a guy's got responsibilities."
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Re: Heath Ledger in his own Words
« Reply #177 on: February 18, 2008, 06:59:07 pm »
ďI donít have a method to my madness.Ö For me, acting is more about self-exploration. Iíve learned a lot about myself in order to learn about the craft. How many kings can you find to play a king? You canít find them. When I act, I look at it as if Iím a mixing board in a sound studio. The pattern on the board is me. When I play a character, I go, ĎIíll turn these knobs down and these ones up.í But in order to do that I have to know myself. I have to know myself like an instrument. Iím just a saxophone,Ē
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Re: Heath Ledger in his own Words
« Reply #178 on: February 18, 2008, 07:03:55 pm »
ďIíve always been very big on self-exploration and answering my own questions. For so many, itís hell growing up. But I guess Iím blessed. Iíve really enjoyed it. I donít let a lot get to me. I really donít. As I keep saying, I break everything down. Everything."
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Re: Heath Ledger in his own Words
« Reply #179 on: February 18, 2008, 07:11:00 pm »
ďItís odd, thatís why I donít like telling people I played field hockey. Itís real big in Australia for guys. But I say I played in America, and everybody goes, ĎOh, you girl!í Ē
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