10 Years Since Heath Ledger Passed (I’m Still Not Over It)
It has been 10 years since actor Heath Ledger passed away tragically. I remember when he had passed away, my mom called up to me while I was upstairs telling me that he had passed away. I ran down stairs to see on the news his picture and the reporter talking about his amazing acting skills.
You may be thinking, Chelsea he was just an actor. He was my favorite actor.
I used to watch 10 Things I Hate About You over and over again, and yes it was on VHS so I had to do A LOT of rewinding. I did upgrade to a DVD, which made watching it easier. I could pretty much quote the whole movie.
Here are some of my favorite Heath Ledger moments throughout his career.
1. 10 Things I Hate About You "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" Scene:
Name a more iconic moment from this movie? Okay, there are some great moments, but this is the best. It show cases Heath's best feature, his smile.
2. A Knight's Tale Dance Scene:
First of all A Knight's Tale is a classic. Maybe not everyone would agree, but it's great. They mixed medieval and modern in a weird, but seamless way. Heath Ledger had the moves. What I loved most about this scene is how once they started, everyone knew the dance with the variations and all. Oh, movie magic. Plus, we got blonde Heath which is nice to look at.
3. The Dark Knight Mob Meeting Scene:
Arguably Heath Ledger's best roll and sadly the one that may think was the catalyst for his downfall and death, was his performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight. If no one told you that it was Heath playing the Joker you would have never known. I have never seen an actor transform himself into a character quite like that, and I don't think we ever will. From the voice to the crazy eyes to the small mannerisms Ledger became the Joker. The mob meeting scene was the most profound example of that.
4. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus:
Although it was Ledger's last film, it is seldom talked about. I hadn't heard of it nor do I remember seeing any trailers for it. However, a few years back while flicking through the channels I stumbled upon the movie. I watched it for quite a while before I realized it was Heath Ledger in the movie. While it did look like him, the mannerisms were so different. That is what, to me, set Heath Ledger apart from other actors. All actors have slight mannerisms they carry with them through whatever roll they are in, this wasn't the case with Heath Ledger. A bonus in this scene is Gwendoline Christie, Game of Thrones' Brienne of Tarth and Star Wars' Captain Phasma.
5. The Patriot Death Scene:
There is pretty much no dialogue in this scene and by that I mean it's pretty much just grunts, background chatter, and gasps. Heath only says "yah" to his horse. This scene is a bit shocking the first time around because you think Heath's character is safe, but then is killed suddenly. He is killed by Lucius Malfoy aka Jason Isaacs.
6. 10 Things I Hate About You (I'm calling it tit for tat scene aka prom proposal):
Although in the clip you don't see Heath Ledger's character (Patrick Verona) asking Julia Stiles's character (Kat Stratford) to prom, it is the scene where he does. I just love this scene because of how carefree it is and there are plenty of Heath Ledger smiles. Fun fact the movie is based off of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. There are many Easter eggs and references to Shakespeare and the original play like Ledger's character's last name Verona is where the character from the play is from, Padua is the name of the town the play is set in and the name of the high school in the movie, and Kat (full name Katherina) is the same name from the original play. Didn't know you would be getting a literary lesson did you?
7. Brokeback Mountain Ennis Background Scene:
Heath Ledger's accent in this movie is so thick you could cut it with a knife. What I found more amazing than his accent is how he moved his mouth when he talked, it barely moves. Ledger's performance in Brokeback Mountain is one of his most talked about rolls and for a very good reason, he was Oscar nominated for Best Actor.
8. The Brothers Grimm:
I really wanted to use another scene to talk about this movie because Lena Headey aka Cersei Lannister is in it, but this scene shows off the best parts of his acting. The nervousness with the twitching and erratic movements aren't overdone or too understated. Probably my favorite single moment is where Heath's character, Jacob, slips a little bit on the slick mud.
9. The Dark Knight Interrogation Scene:
I think I'm going to dedicate 9 and 10 to The Dark Knight because it was Ledger's finest work. This scene in which Christian Bale's Batman interrogates Ledger's Joker has become iconic. The laugh Ledger has for the Joker is absolutely perfect and the erratic movements of his tongue makes you quite uneasy.
10. The Dark Knight Why So Serious?
The most iconic line from the film "why so serious?" Ledger said these lines with a growl that was downright terrifying.
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