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Heath Ledger: article by Reed Johnson, plus some screencaps....

Posted on 2008.01.24 at 15:34

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Maeglian
maeglian at 2008-01-25 09:49 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you so much for posting this, Mechtild. It's a good tribute from the LA times, and a lovely one from you. You know what this has meant to me. I cried a bucketload last night (again). It is such terrible tragedy.

Those images from Brokeback.... I feel so sorry for Michelle Williams and for Jake Gyllenhaal too. Not only for their grief, but also I think it may prove tough for Jake to be the representative of both Jack and Ennis going forward. For the article you quoted is right in pointing out how the Brokeback poster, and the quotes, and the whole story have become a cultural landmark, frequently referred to and referenced - and now Jake is left alone to represent it.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2008-01-25 17:36 (UTC) (Link)
Maeglian, you wrote:

I think it may prove tough for Jake to be the representative of both Jack and Ennis going forward....the Brokeback poster, and the quotes, and the whole story have become a cultural landmark...and now Jake is left alone to represent it.

And Jake will have more than that to represent in Heath's absence. Did you read the little snippet on Jake that was in a news story? I found it last night just scrolling through the new items. I had been wondering how things have been for him, for I know they were close, besides being godfather to Matilda. Just in case you didn't see it, here it is:

JAKE Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger's best friend and Matilda's godfather, has been left to grieve on his own and has not been seen since the actor's death.
According to TMZ, people on the set of his new film, Brothers, are helping the star keep it that way as he is too distressed to talk to media.

Gyllenhaal is currently filming in New Mexico and has been holed up in the studio. There are no plans to stop the film's production to give Jake time to fly to New York to be with Michelle Williams.

The set has been closed to non-crew members and extra security has been hired to keep photographers at bay and to ensure the actor's privacy, according to TMZ.

Now that two-year-old Matilda is left to grow up without her doting father, the responsibility to keep Heath Ledger's memory alive falls partly on her famous godfather, Jake Gyllenhaal.

Jake, Heath and Matilda's mom Michelle Williams, bonded on the set of their Academy Award-winning hit Brokeback Mountain, for which they all received Oscar nominations.

"Heath and I are best friends now making the film was very intense for us," said Jake, 27, who played Heath's sheep-herding love interest in the Blockbuster hit. He described being Matilda's godfather as "an amazing honor," he told Page Six.

"I remember being in rehearsal, and the two of them had googly eyes with each other," he has said of the romance between Matilda's parents.

~ The Daily Telegraph 1-25-08

Here's an excerpt I found very moving from a good article by James Barron in the 1/23 NY Times:

In a recent interview with WJW-TV, a Fox affiliate in Cleveland, about “I’m Not There,” in which he was one of several actors playing the music legend Bob Dylan, Mr. Ledger struck a philosophical note. He responded to a question about how having a child had changed his life:

“You’re forced into, kind of, respecting yourself more,” he said. “You learn more about yourself through your child, I guess. I think you also look at death differently. It’s like a Catch-22: I feel good about dying now because I feel like I’m alive in her, you know, but at the same hand, you don’t want to die because you want to be around for the rest of her life.”

I watched BBM last night. We have a dear houseguest in who had never seen it and, because of the news, asked if we could watch it. The whole while I watched, loving it as usual in the usual way, I was also thinking, "he'll never laugh like that again; he'll run those beautiful long fingers over a script or an animal's flank or a lover's body like that again". And in the drive-in scene, when Alma takes Ennis's hand from where it is draped around her shoulder, bringing it down to her stomach to feel the baby moving, I couldn't help but think of him feeling the movements of his own child through his lover's skin--the child he won't hold again--or any future child he might have had. I didn't make a distraction as we sat in the darkened room and watched, but the tears just sprouted out and rolled.
Maeglian
maeglian at 2008-01-25 18:53 (UTC) (Link)
Oh Mechtild, how sad! You are brave, watching the film so soon... I couldn't have done that. Not yet.

((Mechtild))

I do think though that the papers are making a bigger point out of the "godfather" thing than it will prove to be in RL. Michelle Williams seems entirely capable of raising her child as a single mom, for as long as she remains single.... and Jake lives on the other side of the US and likely hasn't been in frequent contact with Matilda over the last couple of years. But I do feel sorry for both J and M. - they must be completely ovrewhelmed. And it's so terribly sad that Matilda won't consciously remember her father, who loved her so. :-(

Thank you for the news clippings. It was good to see the "I feel good about dying now" quote in its proper context. I'd only seen it mentioned on its own - when it, of course, seemed much more sinister. :-/
Mechtild
mechtild at 2008-01-25 23:21 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for the news clippings. It was good to see the "I feel good about dying now" quote in its proper context. I'd only seen it mentioned on its own - when it, of course, seemed much more sinister. :-/

I hadn't realised it was being bandied about on the web out of context. That would look very bad. But it's beautiful in context. Here's a link to the whole article:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/23/movies/23ledger.html?_r=2&adxnnl=1&oref=slogin&ref=nyregion&adxnnlx=1201302993-0FQUlXi5wSTKJlr83s8qmA

You're right, his role as godfather will probably not amount to that much in the end. Michelle will marry someone, hopefully someone nice, and that person will effectively be Matilda's father.

I am glad Matilda will be able to see her father in films and interviews, even if she will not have remembered meeting him in person. I've often thought that must be a poignant yet wonderful thing for the children of film actors, that they can see their parents talking and living and emoting, even if as different characters, and get a sense of them at the various stages of their lives (if their career was lengthy). This would not apply if they *hated* their parents, of course. They'd never want to watch the films at all.
Maeglian
maeglian at 2008-01-26 00:17 (UTC) (Link)
"I am glad Matilda will be able to see her father in films and interviews, even if she will not have remembered meeting him in person. I've often thought that must be a poignant yet wonderful thing for the children of film actors, that they can see their parents talking and living and emoting, even if as different characters, and get a sense of them at the various stages of their lives"

I agree - that must be lovely. And strange, to have so many versions of her dad available... and then she will have images like these:

http://www.celebrity-babies.com/2008/01/tribute-to-cele.html#more

I know most of these are pap pictures and Heath will have disliked their existence, but I can't help thinking they're all so lovely - and his deep love for his daughter can not be in any doubt when seeing these.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2008-01-26 00:34 (UTC) (Link)
You know, I've never seen any of these. Well, of course I haven't, since I haven't followed his life or career. Thank you so much, Maeglian. These are absolutely lovely! I am bookmarking this site.

I can't imagine how Matilda won't cherish these. I wouldn't be surprised if she grows up loving the dad she never really knew very deeply. Images like these are treasures..
Maeglian
maeglian at 2008-01-26 02:48 (UTC) (Link)
They certainly are. :-)

Since you haven't been following his career I might mention that though he sure liked to dress in the weirdest of clothes, the green hair he sports in a couple of these pics is the hair dye belonging to his "Joker" role in the upcoming "Dark Knight" movie (whose home page at the moment consists of just one page, namely this: http://thedarkknight.warnerbros.com/HeathMemorial.html )

And one has to admit that for a drugged-out insomniac substance abuser he really did find quite a lot of time inbetween to care for his daughter. [end heavy sarcasm directed at ugly sensationalist media stories]
Mechtild
mechtild at 2008-01-26 03:00 (UTC) (Link)
for a drugged-out insomniac substance abuser he really did find quite a lot of time inbetween to care for his daughter

I think it looks like he was a lovely dad.
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