NEW DOC­U­MEN­TARY ON HEATH LEDGER

Friends of the late ac­tor Heath Ledger share that they were wor­ried about his ‘manic en­ergy’

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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)

PHOTO: SEAN GALLUP/GETTY IMAGES

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