Heath Ledger: Dead at 28 23 January, 2008Posted by paralleldivergence in heath ledger, Life, Movies, My Thoughts, shock.
January 22 2008: What a shocking, tragic waste. An all too stunning but brief spectacle – like a meteorite that flashes across the midnight sky. At only 28 years of age, a young man in the prime of his emerging career is dead. What can you say? What can anyone say?
You keep clicking Refresh on the Google News page and the details remain sketchy. What is it that draws young people with the entire world at their feet to risk obliteration by chasing a thrill that is brought about by performing chemistry experiments inside their own head? Is this one and only world that we get a lone chance to experience so totally screwed up that an early exit to nothingness is really a desired outcome? Why live at all in the first place?
Heath had everything in front of him. The Dark Knight and Ledger’s reportedly stunning portrayal of The Joker is now more than ever the most highly anticipated film release of 2008. How will cinema-goers now react to the film? Will the originally expected fan-reaction be one of thrills, excitement and awe? Or will we realise that Heath actually shows more of his own character in his playing of The Joker and will all feelings toward this amazing motion picture tend toward sorrow and despair?
We as a society and as a race must do something about this. We mustn’t let Heath Ledger’s passing just get tacked onto a neverending list of fallen stars. Life means more than that.
Heath Ledger, Rest in Peace.