The Australian actor Heath Ledger passed away 14 years ago at the age of 28 due to an accidental overdose. We take a look at his final movie.
On the night of January 22, 2008, the news of his death took the world by surprise. Today, the actor would have turned 43-years-old.
Heath was filming his then-last ever film, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus after he had finished filming for The Dark Kight.
Months before Heath Ledger had passed away, the actor was halfway through filming what would then become his last movie, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.
How Heath’s death affected ‘The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus’
Ledger’s death caused the film to be temporarily put on hold until his replacement was found.
His role of Tony Shepard was then portrayed by Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell as the three were showing different transitions of the actor within the Imaginarium.
Terry William had a tough time filming without Heath
Terry William, the director of The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, admitted that he had a difficult time filming the last scenes of the movie.
As per Indie Wire’s reports, the Director told Entertainment Weekly he could not believe the moment when the news was announced on television:
“Amy, my daughter, came in and said ‘you’ve gotta come in the office.’ I said, ‘I’m busy.’ She said, ‘now.’ She got me into the office, and there it was on the BBC: Heath Ledger had died. We all just collapsed and lay on the floor all day long, not knowing what to do. It was like a member of the family had died.”
Ledger admitted that filming for Joker had “drained” him
Before Heath Ledger had started filming for The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, he had just finished shooting for The Dark Knight.
Ledger interpreted the role of The Joker which was then released six months after his death.
Before his death, the actor admitted that filming for Joker had “physically and mentally drained me”. He told The New York Times that he could only get two hours of sleep while preparing for the film,
“I couldn’t stop thinking. My body was exhausted, and my mind was still going,” he said. The actor also revealed that he locked himself in a hotel room to prepare for his character.