MSNBC is reporting that actor Heath Ledger has been found dead in his New York apartment. This is shocking, to say the least. Not to belittle or diminish the tragedy, but what the heck is this going to do to Christopher Nolen's The Dark Knight, currently filming, in which Ledger plays the Joker? The Joker's opening sequence of the film has appeared online and was as far away from Schumacher's neon nonsense as possible (that's good). Ledger's looked fairly impressive and menacing thus far as well.
I didn't like Ledger much when I first saw him in that painfully silly A Knight's Tale. But in subsequent work, including the over-hyped Brokeback Mountain, he's shown impressive range and won me over. He even managed to pull off some good character work in Gilliam's The Brothers Grimm despite a lowest-common-denominator script. So sad when such a promising talent with a young daughter is lost at such an early age.
Well, it just gets worse. It doesn't look like Ledger's tragic death is going to derail The Dark Knight too badly. Apparently Ledger had finished filming all of his scenes for that movie, as he'd already begun work on Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus. The curse Gilliam works under continues to grow in strength and flex its evil powers...