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Heath Ledger Humps Vanity Fair

Oscar winning and 1x nominee actor Heath Ledger graces the cover and pages of Vanity Fair August issue in their posthumous coverage of his supposedly “final days”. The issue hits newsstands in New York and Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 1 and nationally Tuesday, July 7. Here are excerpts from the article:

How Ledger cleaned up: Cinematographer Nicola Pecorini, who worked with Ledger on his last film, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, says Ledger used to smoke marijuana on a regular basis, like probably 50 percent of Americans. But after it became an issue, Ledger went clean as a whistle. And vocal coach Gerry Grennell, who worked and lived with the actor during the filming of The Dark Knight, says Ledger even stopped drinking: Heath would happily go to the bar, buy a round of drinks for friends, and come back and have a soda or juice, never once drinking alcohol.

How chronic insomnia may have led to his death: Ledger’s use of sleeping medication to combat chronic insomnia at the end of his life was of more concern to Grennell. I’d say, ‘If you can possibly bear it to stop taking the medications, do, because they don’t seem to be doing you any good.’ He agreed. It is very difficult for me to imagine how close he came to not taking them.

Ledger would typically spend night after night awake, diverting himself with time killers, Biskind reports, such as re-arranging the furniture in whatever space he happened to be living in at the moment. Grennell coached him in the Alexander Technique, which helped him to sleep for a few hours at a time, but he still struggled.

Everyone has a different view of how he passed away, Grennell tells Biskind. From my perspective, and knowing him as well as I did, and being around him as much as I was, it was a combination of exhaustion, sleeping medication … and perhaps the aftereffects of the flu. I guess his body just stopped breathing.

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Batman Christian Bale Humps Details

Christian Bales begins his Batman – Dark Knight promotion and he graces the cover and pages of Details to sell his new film.

Steve Klein

On working with his Dark Knight co-star – Oscar-nominee Heath Ledger: He was incredibly intense in his performance but incredibly mellow and laid-back. Certainly there was this great anarchistic streak to it — just getting dirtier than anybody’s envisioned the Joker before. … Naturally, (the movie) was something I wanted to share with him — and expected to do so. And I can’t do anything else but hope that it will be an absolutely appropriate celebration of his work.

When was the last time you were mistaken for someone else: Yesterday afternoon I was sitting somewhere and somebody started chatting. They said they were an agent, and they asked what I do, and I said, “I’m an actor.” And they said, “Oh, how’s that going for you?” I said, “I think it’s all right.” And they said, do I have an agent?
“Yes, I have an agent.”
“Well, if you ever need any help getting work, give me a call.”
So I said, “Thanks very much.” I think the best one ever was when a casting director saw me in a hotel lobby and practically ran at me, holding a script: “Thank god I’ve finally found you! We have this movie that you’re perfect for, and this is an amazing coincidence. The director and producer are not going to believe it, that I just bumped into you! We’ve been talking about how perfect you are for this role for so long! Finally, I met Christian Slater.”
“Christian Bale.”
“Excuse me?”
“I said, ‘Christian Bale.'”
And she went, “Oh, I’m sorry,” took the script, and walked away.

To read the full article visit, Details and it’s on newsstands Tuesday, June 3rd.

You can watch Bale and Ledger’s performances in The Dark Knight, when it hits theaters on Friday, July 18th of 2008.

Heath Ledger’s The Dark Knight – 07/18/08

Director Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight arrives in theaters on July 18, and Christian Bale stars as Batman and Heath Ledger as the Joker.

Heath Ledger’s Family Statment

Kim Ledger (father) and his family release the following statement:

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We remain humble as parents and a family, among millions of people worldwide who may have suffered the tragic loss of a child. Few can understand the hollow, wrenching, and enduring agony parents silently suffer when a child predeceases them. Today’s results put an end to speculation, but our son’s beautiful spirit and enduring memory will forever remain in our hearts.

While no medications were taken in excess, we learned today the combination of doctor-prescribed drugs proved lethal for our boy. Heath’s accidental death serves as a caution to the hidden dangers of combining prescription medication, even at low dosage.

Our family enjoyed an extremely happy two week visit with Heath just prior to the New Year. Those recent precious days will stay with us forever. We as a family feel privileged to have some of his amazing magic moments captured in film. To most of the world Heath was an actor of immeasurable talent and promise. To those who knew him personally, Heath was a consummate artist whose passions also included photography, music, chess and directing. We knew Heath as a loving father, as our devoted son, and as a loyal and generous brother and friend.

We treasure our beautiful granddaughter Matilda (to our dear Michelle) as well as an unbelievably wonderful network of close friends, forever, around the world. Families rarely experience the uplifting, warm and massive outpouring of grief and support as have we, from every corner of the planet. This has deeply and profoundly touched our hearts and lives. We are eternally grateful.

At this moment we respectfully request the worldwide media allow us time to grieve privately, without the intrusions associated with press and photography.

Heath Ledger Died Of Accidental Overdose

Oscar nominated actor Heath Ledger died from an accidental overdose of prescription medications – painkillers, anti-anxiety drugs and sleeping pills.

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“Mr. Heath Ledger died as the result of acute intoxication by the combined effects of oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam, and doxylamine,” New York City medical examiner’s office’s statement.

Oxycodone – narcotic/pain killer. OxyContin, Percodan
Hydrocodone – narcotic/pain killer. Combined with acetaminophen: Vicodin
Diazepam — anti-anxiety drug. Valium
Alprazolam — anti-anxiety drug. Xanax
Doxylamine — sleep medication. Unisom
Temazepam — sleep medication. Restoril

“We have concluded that the manner of death is accident, resulting from the abuse of prescription medications.”

Heath Ledger – Tributes. He’ll Be Missed

Here are tributes from Heath Ledger’s family, friends, colleagues (fellow actors) and film community; he’s in our thoughts and he’ll be missed:

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“Heath has touched so many people on so many different levels during his short life but few had the pleasure of truly knowing him.”

“He was a down to earth, generous, kind-hearted, life-loving, unselfish individual who was extremely inspirational to many.”
Heath Ledger’s father Kim

“Our darling boy, special in so many ways to all of us. You knew you were so loved. You lived life with courage and daring and we are so grateful for the wonderful times we shared. We will be there for Matilda.”
Heath Ledger’s mother Sally

“It is tragic that we have lost one of our nation’s finest actors in the prime of his life. Heath Ledger’s diverse and challenging roles will be remembered as some of the great performances by an Australian actor. “
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd

“I can hardly breathe when I try to write this. We were the ultimate in soul mates. I feel both my heart and life have been torn apart. I loved our special talks, our daily chats from where ever you were in the world. I especially loved all the precious time we spent together. We were so fortunate to have you as long as we did. You were so many things to so many people, but to me you were just my little brother. There will never, ever be another ‘Heath’ and I think that in itself is the greatest tragedy. I will continue to talk with you everyday and love you just as if you were here. You will never leave my thoughts ‘Roast’, ever.”
Heath Ledger’s sister Kate

“How do we describe our sudden and tragic loss? … You were the most amazing individual ‘old soul’ in a young man’s body. You so loved us, as we dearly loved you. As a close knit and very private family unit we have observed you so determined yet quietly travelling in your self-styled path in life, nothing would get in your way … no mountain too tall, no river too wide. You dreamed your dreams and lived them with passion and intelligent commitment. We have been privileged to accompany you on a ride through life that has simply been amazing and through it all, we have loved each other beyond imagination. Your true legacy lives on in beautiful little Matilda, who will always remain in the greatest of care. Our hearts are broken.”
Heath Ledger’s Family

“Working with Heath was one of the purest joys of my life. He brought to the role of Ennis more than any of us could have imagined – a thirst for life, for love, and for truth, and a vulnerability that made everyone who knew him love him. His death is heartbreaking.”
Brokeback Mountain director Ang Lee

“I adored him. I don’t know how to compare his talent to others but he’s touched me deeply as a talent and it’s a great loss – losing him at any age would be a loss but it was pretty rough news. I was really shocked by it.”
John Travolta

“I had such great hope for him. He was just taking off and to lose his life at such a young age is a tragic loss. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.”
Mel Gibson

“What a terrible tragedy. My heart goes out to Heath’s family.”
Nicole Kidman

“I am shocked and very saddened by the news. I deeply respected Heath’s work and always admired his continuing development as an artist. My thoughts are with his family and close friends.”
Cate Blanchett

“I think Tennyson got it right in the poem when he described someone as having died at a young age but burning the candles at both ends, and oh what a beautiful flame he made, that was Heath, what a beautiful flame he made and a great talent.”

“My heart goes out to everyone in his family and my family. The saddest thing is his daughter whom he just loved
Larry Williams – ex-partner Michelle Williams’ father

“That’s terrible. Drugs today… when we stopped taking drugs, they started. It is just an epidemic. I am sorry to hear that. He was a great talent.”
Dennis Hopper

“It’s really, really sad. I hope his family is okay. I wish them the best.”
Charlize Theron

“The studio is stunned and devastated by this tragic news. The entertainment community has lost an enormous talent. Heath was a brilliant actor and an exceptional person. Our hearts go out to his family and friends.”
Warner Bros president Alan Horn and studio president Jeff Robinov

“He made a decision about four years ago to stop being led by producers and managers and to forge his own way. He started working with the most interesting directors. He was so successful at breaking out of the teen idol image.”
Neil Armfield, who directed Ledger in his last Australian film, Candy

“I worked on the same film and I never met him – we were never on the same set. This is as much news to me as anybody and it affects me in the same way.”
Morgan Freeman, co-star in Dark Knight

“I went through a similar thing with River Phoenix in the fact that he was so young. It’s a real tragedy when someone so talented dies because you don’t know on the early part of their career what more they could offer us.”
Director Rob Reiner

Source: BBC News and The West Australian

Heath Ledger’s Entertainment Weekly Cover

Entertainment Weekly covers Heath Ledger’s film career and life in their new issue, and here’s an excerpt from EW article: “The tributes came quickly and from the heart. ”I had such great hope for him. He was just taking off and to lose his life at such a young age is a tragic loss,” Mel Gibson, who costarred with Ledger in The Patriot, said in a statement. ”This is an unimaginable tragedy,” echoed director Todd Haynes, who cast Ledger as one of many Bob Dylans in last year’s idiosyncratic biopic I’m Not There. ”Heath was a true artist, a deeply sensitive man, an explorer, gifted and wise beyond his years.” At press time, there was no comment from actress Michelle Williams, who met Ledger on the set of Brokeback Mountain, gave birth to the couple’s 2-year-old daughter, Matilda, and shared a Brooklyn brownstone with the actor until they split up last September. Ledger’s family, however, released a statement confirming his ”very tragic, untimely and accidental passing…. Heath has touched so many people on so many different levels during his short life but few had the pleasure of truly knowing him.”

All this made for an unlikely end for a star deliberately removed from the Hollywood maelstrom that seemed to consume the likes of River Phoenix and, more recently, Brad Renfro. At once baby-faced and grizzled, with a low, gravelly voice and a smile that could be alternately impish and melancholy, Ledger moved easily between roles and genres and wove an unpredictable course through Hollywood, constantly pivoting from romantic comedies (10 Things I Hate About You, Casanova) to period epics (The Patriot, The Four Feathers), and from action films (A Knight’s Tale) to dramas (Monster’s Ball, I’m Not There). His biggest fear, it seemed, was to be pinned down. ”I have no plan of attack,” he told EW in 2006. ”I like for it to fall from the sky and land in my lap”.”

You can read the full article here.

Heath Ledger – We’ll Miss You, So Much

It still hurts thinking about Heath Ledger’s early demise as I type this sentence. He’ll truly be missed and like Brad Renfro and other nameless people that died, we’re truly sorry for your family and friends. You’ll be missed and not far from our daily thoughts and nightly prayers.

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Academy award nominee Heath Ledger and American singer Michael Stipe at Marc Jacobs fall show in September 2007.

Heath Ledger Found Dead

According to CNN, Oscar-nominated actor Heath Ledger (I’m Not There and Brokeback Mountain) was found dead in his New York city apartment. Mr. Ledger was 28 years old. God, I was hoping this wasn’t true. Our prayers and thoughts are with his friends and family.

Heath Ledger was filming Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, and they previously worked together on The Brothers Grimm. And Heath plays The Joker in the upcoming Batman – The Dark Knight.

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