At the time of his death, he was on a career high. Three years previous, he had made a major impact with his role as sexually confused cowboy Ennis Del Mar in Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain, where he earned an Oscar nomination. Then, after a long audition process and lots of social media criticism, he turned the role of the Joker in Christopher Nolan’s masterful The Dark Knight into an Academy Award winning breakthrough.
He Was Only 28 When He Died
Yet Heath Ledger Left Behind A Lasting Legacy
Sadly, Heath Ledger never got to walk up on the famous stage to accept his gold statue. He died in January of 2008, with the film coming out that Summer. It was a shocking development, especially among those who never knew about the Australian actor’s inner demons and dependency on drugs. Now, Spike TV is launching an in-depth documentary which promises to expose Ledger’s life outside the limelight.
On Screen, He Was Electrifying
Entitled I Am Heath Ledger, the film seems to center around the late star’s love of home video, utilizing clips and other off the cuff moments to expose his story to the masses. Sure, we get lots of talking head testimonials from everyone – family members and fellow performers. But it’s the personal moments, those close-up sequences where the young man with a friendly, freckled face, that tell the real story.
But In Private, He Had His Issues
A New Documentary Promises To Shed Light On His Entire Life