Do you like him/dislike him? Why or why not? I personally love him. If he were alive, and it were possible, I'd find some way to date him or meet him at the very least. Loved him in the films he had made. His life was cut way too short because of drug overdose. I'd love to know anything you know/knew about him. And would be grateful if you guys can tell me any inside info on him.
I loved Heath. I still feel the loss. He was beautiful. Don't hate me for saying this because eveyone expects this kind of crap on DL, but I honestly heard he was Bi.
r1, really? How do you know this? Who did you hear this from?
He looked retarded, but Howard Stern said Ledger was a skilled chess player.
half a decade
I think he was the most beautiful man ever.
He was a great actor who completely disappeared into his characters like Daniel Day Lewis.
R6, I completely agree.
R1 - more details please!
Don't like him overall. Think his fans are over zealously in trying to make him out to be a legend when he is already pretty much forgotten. Didn't deserve the Oscar nomination for The Joker but though he did fine in Brokeback Mountain.
I enjoyed some of his performances, but he never really did it for me.
Overrated because he od'ed. He wasn't that good an actor and I hated that JOker shit.
The joker was one of the most well-played characters of all time. I can't think of any other actor who could have played it better than Ledger.
I'm sure you can't r13.
"He looked retarded, but Howard Stern said Ledger was a skilled chess player."
We should all look so "retarded." You sound like a complete fucking idiot.
I'd think the Joker would be one of the most coveted roles in Hollywood. It made Cesar Romero a household name long after his career was over, and Jack Nicholson's Joker was a tour de force as well.
Heath's performance was intense and nearly perfect. Up there with Anton Chigurh in No Country.
But the role and the Batman series was played out before Ledger got to play it. Tired. I thought "Brokeback" was lame as well. Hated it.
He was a good actor, but I have no patience for the "tragically doomed, sexy yet self-destructive most-talented-actor-in-the-universe" narrative that was spun around his life.
R18, but you have to admit he is indeed a tragically doomed, sexy, yet self-destructive most-talented-actor-at-least-in-the-universe guy.
His trademark will always be his warm smile.
I heard he was bi too--honestly--and that he used to hire young rent boys from this LA escort agency to service him once in awhile.
R22, where did you hear this from. It'd be shocking if Ledger was really bi.
Heard the bi rumours too, on here; however, it was on one of the 3 or 4 really good gossip threads that were deleted.
Obviously, it doesn't mean that item was the reason for the deletions, but it seemed credible.
I remember seeing interviews and thinking how compelling he was. He had that rare intangible charisma that actors don't have anymore. The last one I can think of is Clooney, and he's over 50.
I didn't really get him until Brokeback and then I fell in love with his acting. He hardly said a word in that movie yet I felt the power of his every emotion.
he couldn't act for shit, he had no presence, and mumbled his lines. Hype, total hype job and a druggie loser he was. There are many more young talented and gorgeous actors deserving of your praise.
R26, then how did he win an oscar?
Because the Oscars are shit, so are the Grammys and Tonys, they don't mean anything because the voters are a bunch of brainless p.r. victims!
R10 is a complete asshole.
No Generation X & Y are the assholes for thinking that this no-talent druggie had talent and revering him.
He was a wonderful actor who did disappear into his roles. It's sad for the audience that he died, same with River Phoenix.
...Chris Farley made me laugh, I'm sad that he is gone.
I hate him. He was a druggie.
If he or Michael Jackson or Amy Winehouse were poor and in Humboldt Park buying drugs from some black guy, they'd be users and supporting pushers and put into jail.
But somehow cause they're famous, Winehouse isn't a skid row alchie and Ledger and Jackson were victims.
I'll save my sympathy for the poor people that can't afford to get help.
"I heard he was bi too--honestly--and that he used to hire young rent boys from this LA escort agency to service him once in awhile"
If Heath Ledger wanted cock he sure as hell wouldn't have had to hire "rent boys." Pretty boys would have been flinging themselves at him all the time; he sure wouldn't have needed to pay for it. I've noticed that every single male celebrity who gets called gay or bi on Datalounge is also said to "hire rent boys."
Heath Ledger wasn't gay. I'm sure that's a major disappointment for a lot of Dataloungers. Maybe that's why he seems to be so hated. He wasn't gay? Damn him to hell!
"I hate him. He was a druggie."
I hate you. You're a stupid cunt.
He's dead. Not even rotting, already dry. NEXT!
And straight actors never hire prostitutes. r34?
Damn you're stupid.
Excellent actor. Weasel of a man.
It's sad. Still I have to wonder about someone who would commit suicide while Obama was president. I could understand during the Bush years.
I thought only my mom & her generation said "druggie." Gasp, clutch.
He was a decent, sometimes good, actor who was decent-looking (though was already going to seed). That's about it. Fixating on him beyond that is a sign of mental illness.
R39, Bush was still in office on January 22, 2008. In fact, he was still in office for almost a year after that.
Did he commit suicide? I think Mary Kate gave him a lot of drugs and he over did it. I doubt if he was really looking to go for good.
The thing is, he was dead for how long before the police were called...I mean, is that the norm in New York? You find someone dead...then you call Mary Kate before you call 911? Pardon me but is that maid/whatever still alive? Or did she have an accident?
"And straight actors never hire prostitutes.
Damn you're stupid"
Who said straight actors never hire prostitutes, you fucktard? It's just tiresome to keep hearing that every male celebrity who may or may not be gay or bi-sexual used rent boys. Not every gay or bi actor is into rent boys, you idiot.
OP, I share your sentiments. Forget Batman and Brokeback - He will always be that chivalrous Adonis from "A Knight's Tale" to me. That is my Heath. Warm like the sun.
I mean, just watch this video. I don't care about the drugs. I DON'T CARE. He was a beautiful boy.
[quote]It's sad. Still I have to wonder about someone who would commit suicide while Obama was president. I could understand during the Bush years
r43, many do. They're not hired for the sex, they're hired to leave in the morning. Old saying, but still true.
Also, they are hired for discretion. It's much easier to control than some random guy off the street.
I liked him, especially in "Monster's Ball" which is rarely mentioned when people talk about Ledger. He was a better actor than he is sometimes given credit for but the posthumous fangirl worship does him no favors. He was not the greatest actor since the dawn of time, he was not the most handsome man ever born.
I love his work in "Brokeback Mountain". It still makes me cry and probably always will but then I lived through those days.
r49 it didn't make me cry but it made me appreciate what I have in life.
After Brokeback I wanted to see more of his movies. I also watch The Knight's Tale, which I thought was just endearing, and I also watche The Four Feathers remake.
Anyone who doesn't think he's that good looking ought to check that one out. He is beautiful. (Kate Hudson was completely miscast and she stunk up the movie. Fortunately she was only in the very beginning and the very end.
Monsters Ball was excellent. He's in it for 29 minutes and he rips your heart out. His presence is felt for the entire movie.
His other films pre-Brokeback were too juvenile for my tastes.
Thank you, R44, for that video. That interview was conducted at the 2007 Venice International Film Festival. That would put it during either the last week of August or the first week of September. In less than 5 months Heath would be gone.
He looks very healthy in the video, and very relaxed, altho, he does get fidgety as the interview rolls on, it isn't pronounced. I loved his talking voice and his accent.
I've learned that he and Cate Blanchett were great friends and that Russell Crowe adored him as well. They were friends.
At first it seemed like he was going to be some superficial actor who would be forever cast in roles where he just had to play a good-looking guy. Then he did "Monster's Ball (he was the best thing about that revolting movie)" and "Brokeback Mountain" and proved that he really could act. His Joker was incredible. The Joker had always been played as, well, a joke. He totally re-made the character into a terrifying, psychotic monster; nothing funny about THAT Joker at all.
His death was a waste. He could have gone on to do so much more good work.
Yes, Monster's Ball did break my heart...every bit of it.
Heath Ledger was not an overrated actor. He was indeed special. Not many men can play like him beyond the screen. He could be very touching.
When i learned about his death, i couldn't believe it. It affected me, it was a strange and unpleasant feeling. I know that i sound graphic but i really miss Heath Ledger's and River Phoenix' faces and moves. They were really gifted beyond the screen They were not overrated. They deserved the praises.