Heath ledger broke up with her wife and started dating
Founder Derik Murray, who produced and directed “I Am Heath Ledger,” said he keeps a vision board in his offices with the names of iconic personalities on it and that “Heath was up there.”Murray eventually met up with Amato in St.Louis, Amato’s hometown, and discovered that Ledger’s friend had an archive of unseen footage.Heath Ledger’s arrival in Hollywood gave little indication he would become a transformational actor whose short career would leave such an indelible impression.Tall, blond and surf-buffed, just barely out of boyhood but already a TV star at home, Ledger hitched a ride from Australia on the arm of an alluring older woman and quickly made his big-screen debut at 19 as the bad-boy heartthrob in 1999’s “Ten Things I Hate About You.”The role was catnip for commodification, a potential trap that in less searching hands could have consigned Ledger to a career as the pot of gold at the end of every rom-com rainbow Hollywood plotted over the next decade.“‘I remember him looking at her, and she looking up at him with these wide eyes,” she said.
It’s like Heath is the co-director of this movie,” Murray says.By the time of his abrupt departure, though, Ledger was something else entirely.His Oscar-winning performance as the Joker in ”The Dark Knight” not only set a new template for villainy (Steve-Bannon-as-the-Joker is the new Dick-Cheney-as-Darth-Vader), but also managed to personify our social disorders in a way that captured the paranoid zeitgeist of 2008.The 28-year-old sadly passed away in January 2008 from an accidental intoxication from prescription drugs.
His passing is still felt strongly by the cast and crew of Brokeback Mountain, and Jake admits he misses his friend both personally and professionally.
Similarly iconic was his turn just a few years before as cowboy Ennis Del Mar in “Brokeback Mountain,” through which Ledger offered up an allegory for the minefields of hyper-masculinity at just the right time. 22, 2008, from a fatal overdose of prescription pills, the loss was compounded by the sense that a potentially generational figure was just hitting his stride.