Jude Law, Colin Farrell and Johnny Depp Did Something Beautiful For Heath Ledger

OMG January 24, 2019 By Hugo

It's 11 years to the day since Heath Ledger passed away from an accidental overdose, but a wonderful story about the Australian actor has resurfaced.

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While Ledger wowed fans with a mesmerizing performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight Rises, his last on-screen performance was in Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus. 

But due to his untimely passing, many of his scenes went unfilmed, resulting in a trio of famous actors, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell stepping in to finish it.

However, instead of taking the money and waxing lyrical of their fellow thespian afterward, all three donated their salaries to Ledger's daughter, Matilda, who was not in the Aussie actor's will when it was written up.

Speaking about the extraordinary gesture, Gilliam said, "They didn't take money - it goes to Heath's daughter.

"That's extraordinary and wonderful, and when you're part of that, you think, 'Ah, this is maybe why I went into the movies in the beginning. I thought it would be full of wonderful people.' And we've got a movie full of wonderful people who did extraordinary things to help.

Gilliam also added that his film offered viewers one final insight into of the acting world's finest minds. "It's the last chance to see Heath, and he's brilliant." 

However, it was Heath's portrayal of the Joker that has since gone down as his most iconic on-screen performance. 

Exploring all facets of the evil character's being, Ledger admitted in an interview with The New York Times that the character's complex ways had led him struggling to sleep.

"Last week I probably slept an average of two hours a night, I couldn't stop thinking. My body was exhausted, and my mind was still going."

Despite his death, Heath was posthumously awarded an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the role.

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