NEW DOCUMENTARY ON HEATH LEDGER
Friends of the late actor Heath Ledger share that they were worried about his ‘manic energy’
Nine years after his tragic death, Australian actor Heath Ledger
(right) is the subject of a new documentary, I am Heath Ledger.
Through intimate home videos and interviews with family and friends, the film celebrates the life of the captivating Australian actor, who died in 2008 of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs at age 28. Heath had acted in films such as 10 Things I Hate About You (1999) Brokeback Mountain (2005) and The Dark Knight (2008), for which he received the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, posthumously.
Co-director of the documentary, Derik Murray says that those close to him, were worried about his inability to turn off his “manic energy” and would tell him to get some rest. “He’d sleep either zero or two hours a night for years. He would call people up in the middle of the night,” said Murray recently. The documentary features interviews with former girlfriend Naomi Watts, friend and musician Ben Harper, directors Ang Lee and Catherine Hardwicke, and actors Djimon Hounsou, and Emile Hirsch.
HEATH PREPARED OBSESSIVELY TO PLAY THE ROLE OF JOKER, IN THE FILM, THE DARK KNIGHT (2008)