There was still a relentless slew of headlines about drugs and his downfall, but Hollywood was awash in mourning for a truly respected peer—one whose youth, looks and dating history happened to have made him a tabloid magnet, despite his lack of interest in the fame game once he had acquired the fame he set out to achieve as an actor.
He was called "one of a handful of the most daring and watchable actors on the planet." Honoring Ledger at the 2008 Australian Film Awards, actor Michael Caton said it was "a tribute we all wish would've come in the distant future, with the man himself in the audience, basking in the glory. He'd be embarrassed."Kate and Kim Ledger were thrust into an unwanted spotlight when Heath died, but both spoke openly and elegantly about their beloved brother and son.
It just put his whole system to sleep I guess.""Mixed a couple of drugs together with sleeping tablets and he's gone forever," Kim said.
Though his performance truly was one for the ages, earning him a posthumous sweep of awards season the following year, Ledger obviously had other issues that ultimately led to him taking too many substances and slipping away."He had an amazing sense of humor and certainly playing the Joker, for him it was one big gag. It was actually the exact opposite," sister Kate Ledger said in the 2017 documentary , perhaps hoping to dispel the rumor of the Joker connection once and for all. That was a shock to me that people even thought that, really.""The last conversation Kate had with him was this discussion about his medications and she warned him, 'You can't mix drugs that you don't know anything about,'" Ledger's father, Kim, told au in 2016."He said 'Katie, Katie, I'll be fine.' Well, that's a cavalier boy's answer.Ultimately the delay in calling 911 didn't matter, because authorities concluded Ledger was already dead when he was found.But more bizarre of all was the prevalent rumor that he had practically driven himself crazy playing the Joker in , losing his way in a dark place that he never emerged from.He will be eternally missed, but he will never be forgotten."so I know how to feel love, whether it's love that's trapped and unable to be expressed, I have a thorough understanding of it." Asked about Michelle Williams, he called her a "phenomenal actress.""It's so boring to say she's at a turning point," Ledger said.
"I think she's always been turning a corner and I think she'll continue to turn corners, and she's incredibly talented and beautiful and her performance in this movie is incredibly controlled and deep, and full of emotion. "That was happy at work." "I did," she acknowledged falling in love on the set.
We have been truly overwhelmed by the honor and respect being bestowed upon him with this award." "Heath," Kate Ledger added, "we both knew what you had created in the Joker was extraordinarily special and had even talked about being here on this very day.
We really wish you were but we proudly accept this award on behalf of your beautiful Matilda."Nolan had previously accepted the Golden Globe for Ledger earlier in the year, and co-star Gary Oldman accepted Heath's SAG Award."After Heath passed on," Nolan said, "you saw a whole rift in the future of cinema, but with the extraordinary response to his work that we've seen all over the world, I for one started to be able to look a bit less at that gap in the future and a little bit more at the incredible place in the history of cinema that he built for himself with his talent and his dedication to his artistry...
, Ledger died as the result of an accidental prescription drug overdose.
He received a posthumous Best Actor Academy Award for his performance as "The Joker." Ledger had a daughter with actress Michelle Williams.
It was a year of very magical thinking and in some ways I'm sad to be moving further and further away from it."Regarding the notion that life can change in an instant, "I got kind of obsessed with that for awhile, before and after. There's a line from a book that gave me so much comfort and it said, 'when you've truly lost everything, then at least you can become rich in loss.'"Any sort of rationale, however, proved elusive."I've found meanings around the circumstance but the actual event itself, still doesn't... But not in magazine in 2016 that she was pretty adept at accepting things as they are, except when it comes to losing Ledger.