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Christopher Nolan's Tribute to Heath Ledger

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January 28, 2008
Source: Newsweek

Christopher Nolan's Tribute to Heath Ledger

The tragedy of Heath Ledger's death is still prevalent six days later as filmmakers, movie-goers, and fans alike continue to mourn. His upcoming film The Dark Knight has been the topic of discussion amongst some people, and it goes without saying that his performance in the film will instantly become legendary. We have been awaiting a response from director Christopher Nolan about Heath and about The Dark Knight, and we finally have something profound. Newsweek has published an incredible piece, written by Nolan, remembering Heath Ledger in one of the most emotional tributes I've ever read.

"Heath was bursting with creativity. It was in his every gesture. He once told me that he liked to wait between jobs until he was creatively hungry. Until he needed it again. He brought that attitude to our set every day. There aren't many actors who can make you feel ashamed of how often you complain about doing the best job in the world. Heath was one of them."

The article is titled Charisma as Natural as Gravity and was written by Christopher Nolan himself. Whether you're a Dark Knight fan, a Heath Ledger fan, or just a regular moviegoer, you must read this tribute piece (click here!).

"When you get into the edit suite after shooting a movie, you feel a responsibility to an actor who has trusted you, and Heath gave us everything. As we started my cut, I would wonder about each take we chose, each trim we made. I would visualize the screening where we'd have to show him the finished film—sitting three or four rows behind him, watching the movements of his head for clues to what he was thinking about what we'd done with all that he'd given us. Now that screening will never be real. I see him every day in my edit suite. I study his face, his voice. And I miss him terribly."

I got teary-eyed just reading that piece from Nolan. He really captured that sense of wonderment that he had for Heath and it shows in the tremendous way that he remembers one of the greatest up-and-coming actors of our time. Everyone here at FirstShowing.net is still saddened by Heath's death and we hope he will remembered for everything great that he achieved, and still has yet to achieve, in his acting work.

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  • I hope every director and a movie maker will think as Christopher Nolan .... When they make a movie to feel responsible about what they will show to the audience ... no matter if the actor is dead or not ... Because that is the real way of making art ...and giving your best to the people and the respect to your crew too ... Maybe every movie maker will learn something from the death of Heath Ledger ... Hope they do ... ( Nothing against Christopher Nolan ...he just explained his feeling ..He is a good director and I have a lot of respect for him and his works ... )
  • ledger was a talented young bloke, his death is a tragedy
  • Natalia Weatherby
    Just a shame, Heath Ledger was too young and talented to die. He will be missed always!!
  • Timothy R
    Wow! This was really touching! I appreciate Christopher Nolan so much more now and I cant wait to see how he honors Heath when the film releases! R.I.P. Heath Ledger...you will be missed.
  • Richard
    that was pretty great, no accusations, no wasted this too soon that, just a great piece from a good friend.
  • Sinner
    Just read it. What can I say? Strange how you could not know somebody but feel such loss. Very touching.
  • That made me bawl. Heath Ledger was one of my favorite actos of allllll time. Heath will be missed.. He had an amazing talent.. and it was a shame that he had to go so soon.
  • ANABELLE
    I miss him so much I have not recovered one year later I am sick I mourn him profoundly I cannot live without him ANABELLE
  • suzycreamcheese
    Anabelle, you're not alone.
  • after 3 years i miss him even today, HEATH WHEREVER U ARE, IN HEAVEN,,  WHAT U LEFT BEHIND WAS AWESOME,,  U R THE BEST ACTOR OF ALL TIME...... SERIOUSLY UR TALENT HAD NO MATCH... I CRY EVEN TODAY...

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