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01.25.2008
So, after reporting to you schmoes that Ledger's death had halted production on THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS, it seems that the plot has thickened a little. Apparently, Johnny Depp might be in to replace Ledger for the remainder of the film that has yet to be shot. Keep in mind that the source here is the British Sun, which is usually only slightly more accurate than projectile vomit, but such is the rumor. Apparently, there's a point in the offbeat film, where "Ledger's character falls through a magic mirror. He could change into another character after that and that is where Johnny would come in." I wouldn't put to much stock in the rumor, but I am all for whatever measures need to be taken to let us see Ledger's final body of work. He'll probably always be remembered as The Joker, now, but he deserves for us to see his work on PARNASSUS too. So yeah, if there's even a shred of truth in this, I'm all for it. In fact, I'd like to implement this plot device into more movies; maybe in the upcoming OVER HER DEAD BODY, Eva Longoria could fall through a magic mirror and Will Ferrell could pop out. Or in SEX AND THE CITY, Sarah Jessica Parker and the rest of her crew could fall through Big's magic mirror and have no one come out, since I'm pretty sure an empty room for 40 minutes would be less painful than those four whoring around town and buying shoes.
Extra Tidbit: Lily Cole, the chick who will play Alice (of Wonderland fame) in Marilyn Manson's PHANTASMAGORIA, also stars in this flick.
Source: The Sun

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5:54PM on 01/26/2008
Dude, actually I'm right on with you there. I think Depp would be one of the only ones to do Ledger justice in taking up the Joker.
Dude, actually I'm right on with you there. I think Depp would be one of the only ones to do Ledger justice in taking up the Joker.
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3:51PM on 01/26/2008

Guess I was the only one...

....who read the title and thought this had to do with Depp playing The Joker in the TDK sequel.




I mean, Depp was rumored to be WB's first choice for the role way back when, right?






Yeah, I guess I was the only one. :(
....who read the title and thought this had to do with Depp playing The Joker in the TDK sequel.




I mean, Depp was rumored to be WB's first choice for the role way back when, right?






Yeah, I guess I was the only one. :(
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9:49PM on 01/25/2008
Well, I'm not saying it's a great idea, but I can see how it would work if its true. Still, I'd almost raather have them reshoot all of Ledger's scenes with Depp and have him play it too different ways.....like, pre-mirror would be Edward Scissorhands, and post-mirror would be Jack Sparrow.
Well, I'm not saying it's a great idea, but I can see how it would work if its true. Still, I'd almost raather have them reshoot all of Ledger's scenes with Depp and have him play it too different ways.....like, pre-mirror would be Edward Scissorhands, and post-mirror would be Jack Sparrow.
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6:56PM on 01/25/2008

I can't see him doing this

When is he doing the Rum Diaries exactly?!?! Its been 3 years in the making now, and it was announcing officially a year and a half ago!
When is he doing the Rum Diaries exactly?!?! Its been 3 years in the making now, and it was announcing officially a year and a half ago!
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6:00PM on 01/25/2008
Hafta admit, whatever fanboys think, regardless of whether Ledger eclipses Nicholson (unlikely only because Nicholson's a psycho, and he still ain't outdone Cesar Romero), Ledger will go down in history for playing a gay cowboy, because that film is already a classic for going against the grain (or expanding on it) and doing it so damn well.

Do I think the new movie will be better than the old. I do, actually, but not because Ledger is better than Jack. But I was just never that into
Hafta admit, whatever fanboys think, regardless of whether Ledger eclipses Nicholson (unlikely only because Nicholson's a psycho, and he still ain't outdone Cesar Romero), Ledger will go down in history for playing a gay cowboy, because that film is already a classic for going against the grain (or expanding on it) and doing it so damn well.

Do I think the new movie will be better than the old. I do, actually, but not because Ledger is better than Jack. But I was just never that into Burton's Batman franchise, and this from a guy who considers Tim Burton and Michael Keaton his personal heroes (Beetlejuice, baby!)
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5:41PM on 01/25/2008

intothebadlands...

WOW! [link] couldn't be more wrong

Nolan+Bale+Ledger>Burton+Keaton+Nicholson

Sorry, man. Better luck next time.
WOW! [link] couldn't be more wrong

Nolan+Bale+Ledger>Burton+Keaton+Nicholson

Sorry, man. Better luck next time.
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5:05PM on 01/25/2008
This news sounds good to me.

And yes dtti, you're right. intothebadlands, few people ever talk about the Burton Batman films anymore except for those old fogies who insist on Keaton being the only Batman simply out of nostalgia. Anyone with a degree of honesty knows the new Batman film is superior and that Ledger is going to blow everyone's socks off with his Joker. Seriously, Nicholson hardly did anything new with the character. He made him a little darker than the tv show Joker, but
This news sounds good to me.

And yes dtti, you're right. intothebadlands, few people ever talk about the Burton Batman films anymore except for those old fogies who insist on Keaton being the only Batman simply out of nostalgia. Anyone with a degree of honesty knows the new Batman film is superior and that Ledger is going to blow everyone's socks off with his Joker. Seriously, Nicholson hardly did anything new with the character. He made him a little darker than the tv show Joker, but nothing very spectacular. Ledger has already proven himself better just with a few seconds of a trailer.
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4:56PM on 01/25/2008

intothebadlands...

WOW! [link] couldn't be more wrong

Nolan+Bale+Ledger>Burton+Keaton+Nicholson

Sorry, man. Better luck next time.
WOW! [link] couldn't be more wrong

Nolan+Bale+Ledger>Burton+Keaton+Nicholson

Sorry, man. Better luck next time.
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3:53PM on 01/25/2008
i hope they do manage to incorporate ledger's work in some way
i hope they do manage to incorporate ledger's work in some way
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1:54PM on 01/25/2008
I am hip to this news.
Still so sad about ledger... Im sure they will do this with the UTMOST respect to heath.
I am hip to this news.
Still so sad about ledger... Im sure they will do this with the UTMOST respect to heath.
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1:15PM on 01/25/2008

Whoa, that's weird.


I suggested Depp's casting yesterday:

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And, as I'd said:

"Damn, all things considered, it's really hard to comment here without sounding selfishly tacky, isn't it?

"That said, given Ledger's chameleon-like ability to disappear into his roles, his obvious charisma even in sometimes thankless movies, his disdain for celebrity BS, as well as his tendency to play down his good looks, I always thought Ledger could be the next Johnny Depp.

"So, given Depp's good relationship

I suggested Depp's casting yesterday:

[link]

And, as I'd said:

"Damn, all things considered, it's really hard to comment here without sounding selfishly tacky, isn't it?

"That said, given Ledger's chameleon-like ability to disappear into his roles, his obvious charisma even in sometimes thankless movies, his disdain for celebrity BS, as well as his tendency to play down his good looks, I always thought Ledger could be the next Johnny Depp.

"So, given Depp's good relationship with Gilliam, I don't suppose he could assume Ledger's role? 'Cause I'd hate to see another of Gilliam's films derailed by circumstances beyond his control.

"Assuming, of course, that Gilliam even wants to continue with this one...and I'd understand if he didn't."
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1:14PM on 01/25/2008
I think regardless of Ledger's performance in TDK, Nicholson will always be remembered as the Joker. Ledger will be remembered as Ennis Del Mar. That's his signature performance.
I think regardless of Ledger's performance in TDK, Nicholson will always be remembered as the Joker. Ledger will be remembered as Ennis Del Mar. That's his signature performance.
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1:12PM on 01/25/2008
It's weird. Just the other day I thought Heath could've been the next Johnny Depp. Not afraid to pick out roles that are different from the norm, and more interested in being an actor than a celebrity.
It's weird. Just the other day I thought Heath could've been the next Johnny Depp. Not afraid to pick out roles that are different from the norm, and more interested in being an actor than a celebrity.
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12:58PM on 01/25/2008
The one thing that makes me wary about this news is that the next step will be Johnny Depp playing Crowley in the proposed "Good Omens" film, a potential casting that has me wincing from the cliche of it. A good portion of the fandom's been gunning for him for some years now, but I am not keen to the idea.

Mostly, I am sad about Ledger having to be replaced at all, more for his little girl than the films he'll never make now. His death is so shocking and tragic.
The one thing that makes me wary about this news is that the next step will be Johnny Depp playing Crowley in the proposed "Good Omens" film, a potential casting that has me wincing from the cliche of it. A good portion of the fandom's been gunning for him for some years now, but I am not keen to the idea.

Mostly, I am sad about Ledger having to be replaced at all, more for his little girl than the films he'll never make now. His death is so shocking and tragic.
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12:52PM on 01/25/2008
Hey, if Gilliam thinks it'll work, by all means. Anything to keep this thing from going under would be good.
Hey, if Gilliam thinks it'll work, by all means. Anything to keep this thing from going under would be good.
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