Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Death Watch: Heath Ledger

So the AP writes Britney's obit, and a crack-smoking Amy Winehouse is all over the Internet tempting the reaper for everyone to see, but the bell ends up tolling for Heath Ledger. Death is full of surprises. Ledger, the Australian star of Brokeback Mountain and A Knight's Tale was only 28, younger than I thought (and he looked.)

Ledger has always had an actory actor air about him. And, from what I can recall, he was able to justify that pose on-screen. This summer Ledger will star as The Joker in The Dark Knight, which is one of the most anticipated films of the year. Insiders and critics had already started buzzing about Ledger's portrayal -- which is apparently quite different, but every bit as successful, as Jack Nicholson's iconic interpretation of Batman's nemesis.

Let the debate on how to market The Dark Night begin. Pills were found near the actor's body.

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