Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Sad Sad Sad

How friggin' weird. Heath Ledger was found dead today. Hollywood actor Heath Ledger has been found dead at a residence in downtown Manhattan. "He was found unconscious at the apartment and pronounced dead," the New York Police Department said, adding that pills were found near the body. Police are reportedly investigating if the Australian actor, who earned an Oscar nomination for Brokeback Mountain, died of a drug overdose. You can read the full article HERE. I really liked Ledger as an actor and have been literally beside myself with excitement over the upcoming "Dark Knight" movie in which Ledger played The Joker. I'm not one of those people who think that, just because I've seen them in an interview, I know a celebrity. Their private lives generally bear little resemblance to the one they show in public and certainly have little to do with the roles they play. But it is still a little jarring when a celebrity dies, especially one that is so young. It just kind of bums me out a little.

6 comments:

furiousBall said...

I've got Candy in my "to be watched" pile of DVDs. Probably should watch that tonight. Very sad indeed

SQT said...

Watching the "Dark Knight" is going to be really strange. It'll be a lot like watching "The Crow" after Brandon Lee died.

Charles Gramlich said...

Yeah, I know. I feel the same way. I liked him in the movies I saw him in.

Stewart Sternberg said...

He was a young man who was just coming into his prime as an actor. Two or three roles away from emerging as a true force.

I think it is sad to see such unrealized potential. Fame crushes people. Not all are ready to handle such a shock of notoriety and responsibility.

Carl V. said...

I think this one was a shock more from the fact that he wasn't one of the celebs thrown in our face every day because of their idiotic behavior. There are any number of celebs that wouldn't have surprised me if this had happened to them. It was a surprise in this case however. I didn't think the next time I watched A Knight's Tale or 10 Things I Hate About You or the upcoming Batman would be tinged with melancholy, but they certainly will be now.

Fab said...

I first saw him in the series Roar, where he played a Celtic hero. I never missed an episode. When he turned to movies, I appreciated him taking on strong characters or off beat choices. I was shocked when I read Tuesday night the news he had just died that day. 28 is so young.