Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Heath Ledger

Talk about taking the winds out of the sails of an otherwise good day...

I never met Heath Ledger, but by all accounts he was a good guy, well-liked by crews and his fellow actors. There's no question that he was immensely talented and that he gave some of the best, most original performances of the last decade. For the most part he seemed to choose good material and had the benefit of working with top filmmakers like Terry Gilliam and Ang Lee and certainly he was blessed with rugged good looks that most men wished they had. But his passing today, so completely unexpected (I'm convinced it's an accident), served as yet another reminder that life can be short and it's important to achieve what you want to in the time you have. Heath Ledger didn't have very much time on this planet, but he accomplished a lot and while he could (and should) have given us so much more, what was there was pretty god damn substantial. Once you get over the initial shock, you have to remember the life that was lived and Heath Ledger's seems like it was a pretty full one. My sympathies to his family, friends and fans at this very difficult time.

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