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Heath Ledger Has Died

Heath Ledger is dead [http://www.moviehole.net/news/20080123_clint_remembers_heath_ledger.html]. Which is a great shame really. Whether, as initial reports suggested, he died of a drugs overdose in Mary-Kate Olson’s apartment or, after the initial story-mongering, in his own flat of an overdose of sleeping tablets, we’ve lost an actor who was genuinely worth watching.

But why does this keep happening to Terry Gilliam [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000416/]? He’s had Baron Munchausen [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096764/], Brazil [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088846/], Don Quixote [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1318517/], Brothers Grimm [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0355295/] and now The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1054606/] all fall into disarray. Parnassus, which Ledger was currently shooting with Gilliam, now has the financier’s sword of damocles hanging over its head [http://film.guardian.co.uk/news/story/0,,2245500,00.html]. But at least the death of its highest profile star is more (yes, more) recoverable from than the problems Don Quixote had. They made an entire documentary [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0308514/] out of that one.

Posted on January 23, 2008   #Nothing in Particular  

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