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The Heath Ledger Bio

The Heath Ledger Review – MovieActors.com

by Nate Lee

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Best Film:

Brokeback Mountain

In the midst of all the acclaim for "The Dark Knight," it's still hard to see how that brilliant action movie could be considered better than this brilliant love story. Certainly, Ledger is no less responsible for "Knight" success than for the success of the Oscar-winning (Best Director, Best Screenplay) "Brokeback."



Great Performances You May Not Have Seen:
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (his final uncompleted role, directed by Terry Gilliam, and replaced in part by Jude Law, Johnny Depp, and Colin Farrell)
I'm Not There (Robbie, the egomaniacal Bob Dylan)
Lords of Dogtown (Skip, the founder of Zephyr and leader of the team of skateboarders)
The Four Feathers (a disgraced soldier pursuing his honor, opposite Kate Hudson)
Monster's Ball (son of prison guard Billy Bob Thornton)
Candy (a heroin addict)
10 Things I Hate About You (opposite Julia Stiles)
Ned Kelly (the title role)
Blockbusters:
Brokeback Mountain (Oscar, Golden Globe-nominated performance as Ennis)
The Dark Knight (The Joker)
The Patriot (Mel Gibson's son)
A Knight's Tale
The Real Heath Ledger:
Candy

This one isn't hard: Ledger plays a heroin addict. One would like to blame parents who are insane enough to name their son after the tragic hero of "Wuthering Heights." After all, what's a sensitive boy to do with a handle like that? Heath, unfortunately, chose to embrace it.
Acting Style:
Brando. Ledger so thoroughly inhabits his dark, brooding roles, that Proulx, the original author of "Brokeback," accidentally signed a note to Ennis, his character. In many, if not most, of his all too short list of characters, he played guys who are disenfranchised in one way or another. Ironically, The Joker is virtually the opposite of his typical style. Hardly brooding or melancholy, Heath's Joker is ebullient and charming. Likewise, his usual deep languid voice is a mesmerizing scratchy, taunting thing.
Bits and Quirks:
Many people won't realize the practiced quirks of his Joker are only found in that film, except for the flick of the hair – a thing for Ledger. The intense stare, often squinting, with the huge, set jaw. Also, the voice changed markedly for every role.
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Great Scenes:
Brokeback Mountain

> At Jack's parents' house, with the two shirts
> The trailer scene at the end
> Eating alone in the restaurant

The Dark Knight

> Pretty much every scene as the Joker
> Especially the monologues to Batman and to the cop in the interrogation room
> Sitting in the jail cell
> Coming on to Maggie Gyllenhaal (ironically, the brother of his Brokeback co-star, Jake)

The Four Feathers

> Returning the feathers
> Returning to Kate Hudson

Monster's Ball

> Killing himself

The Patriot

> The prisoner exchange
> Recruiting soldiers in the church
> Talking to Mel Gibson about war crimes
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