Rest in peace, Heath Andrew Ledger (April 4th, 1979 – January 22nd, 2008).
In terms of his acting, it still rankles with me that he’s dead because he would have been streets ahead of anyone else in his generation. He just kept getting better and better. He was fearless. On Parnassus, he was improvising all the time and it was better than what we had written. I don’t normally encourage that kind of improvisation, but in a sense I felt Heath was writing this film. He was an incredibly funny performer when he wanted to be – his comic timing was just extraordinary – and then he could break your heart the next minute. [x]