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Nolan talks Ledger

01.28.2008

It's been almost a week since the death of Heath Ledger at the age of 28 and it doesn't suck any less today than it did last Tuesday. There have been some wonderful tributes to Heath since that time (including Daniel Day-Lewis at the SAG Awards last night) but none perhaps as well-done as Christopher Nolan's article in the current issue of Newsweek:

Heath was bursting with creativity. It was in his every gesture. He once told me that he liked to wait between jobs until he was creatively hungry. Until he needed it again. He brought that attitude to our set every day. There aren't many actors who can make you feel ashamed of how often you complain about doing the best job in the world. Heath was one of them.

When you get into the edit suite after shooting a movie, you feel a responsibility to an actor who has trusted you, and Heath gave us everything. As we started my cut, I would wonder about each take we chose, each trim we made. I would visualize the screening where we'd have to show him the finished film—sitting three or four rows behind him, watching the movements of his head for clues to what he was thinking about what we'd done with all that he'd given us. Now that screening will never be real. I see him every day in my edit suite. I study his face, his voice. And I miss him terribly.

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Source: Newsweek

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8:57PM on 01/29/2008

Finally...

Give credit to Nolan for finally releasing a statement (with the exception of the statements released by family members, etc.) that doesn't feel melodramatic in any way, shape or form. For once, I didn't cringe at the thought of yet another Heath Ledger related article.

Yes, his death was tragic and I extend my deepest sympathies to his family (especially his little girl) and friends, but it's been absolute overkill lately.

Everywhere you turn there's a person in "mourning" rocking back
Give credit to Nolan for finally releasing a statement (with the exception of the statements released by family members, etc.) that doesn't feel melodramatic in any way, shape or form. For once, I didn't cringe at the thought of yet another Heath Ledger related article.

Yes, his death was tragic and I extend my deepest sympathies to his family (especially his little girl) and friends, but it's been absolute overkill lately.

Everywhere you turn there's a person in "mourning" rocking back and forth while clutching a copy of A Knight's Tale as mascara slowly stains their face. Ugh.

So, yeah, good on Nolan for offering up that very touching statement.
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5:59AM on 01/29/2008

A CRYING DAMN SHAME

Christopher Nolan is a class act, a true human being who is humble enough to admit the talents of one of his actors, and a young one at that, who was taken away from this world far ahead of his time. From the article you can truly feel the sadness in Nolan's heart and the heaviness in his chest, just knowing that Heath won't be around to see just how well the Joker turned out to be. Nolan is a person who puts his heart and soul into his work, and to see the excitement that he had when he saw
Christopher Nolan is a class act, a true human being who is humble enough to admit the talents of one of his actors, and a young one at that, who was taken away from this world far ahead of his time. From the article you can truly feel the sadness in Nolan's heart and the heaviness in his chest, just knowing that Heath won't be around to see just how well the Joker turned out to be. Nolan is a person who puts his heart and soul into his work, and to see the excitement that he had when he saw Ledger playing the Joker just get crushed this way is heartbreaking. It's sad to see the good people suffer, the people who really care about what they do and want to deliver the best they can to the millions of fans. Chris Nolan's tribute to Heath Ledger is by far the most touching I have seen. Even if he is forced to find a new actor to play the Joker in the next Batman movie, I doubt he'll ever find the excitement he had when he saw Heath bring the 'clown prince' to life. I hope Heath's in a better place right now, and I hope they have the Oscars where he's at because he's damn sure gonna' need an award after people see The Dark Knight.
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12:23AM on 01/29/2008

Chris Nolan rocks.

That was incredibly well-written and heartfelt. That is the way to pay your respects to someone. A classy move all the way around.
That was incredibly well-written and heartfelt. That is the way to pay your respects to someone. A classy move all the way around.
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9:52PM on 01/28/2008
i couldn't help but cry while I read that touching tribute. I don't know what it is but I am truly going to miss Heath. Its just a damn shame.
i couldn't help but cry while I read that touching tribute. I don't know what it is but I am truly going to miss Heath. Its just a damn shame.
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9:21PM on 01/28/2008
I seriously almost began to cry while reading that.
I seriously almost began to cry while reading that.
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9:19PM on 01/28/2008
Very beautifully said. Nolan really seems to understand his actors more than most filmmakers today.
Very beautifully said. Nolan really seems to understand his actors more than most filmmakers today.
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8:34PM on 01/28/2008

this is tribute

what d.d.l said bout ledger really hit a note. i didnt know him either yet i still morne (?) the passingt of a great actor! what nolan said was truely touching, the man sounded like a class act, and talking to all the people envolved in the dark knight when they worked around him is something i really admire in a person, never mind a celebrity! skateboarding onto set makes him seem like an even cooler mofo! still his death is hard to take and i send my thoughts and prayers to his family,
what d.d.l said bout ledger really hit a note. i didnt know him either yet i still morne (?) the passingt of a great actor! what nolan said was truely touching, the man sounded like a class act, and talking to all the people envolved in the dark knight when they worked around him is something i really admire in a person, never mind a celebrity! skateboarding onto set makes him seem like an even cooler mofo! still his death is hard to take and i send my thoughts and prayers to his family, friends and fans (which i am one of)! RIP heath
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8:01PM on 01/28/2008

A true tragedy

Between this and Daniel's speech, it's the first time I have been able to shed tears over the situation. I had been holding it in, but it was bound to come. Ledger was going to be remembered in the end whether he had died now or later in life. I just wish it could have been a hell of a lot later than this.
Between this and Daniel's speech, it's the first time I have been able to shed tears over the situation. I had been holding it in, but it was bound to come. Ledger was going to be remembered in the end whether he had died now or later in life. I just wish it could have been a hell of a lot later than this.
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5:24PM on 01/28/2008

touching...

Very touching tribute, Heath touched many with his incredible tallent on screen and off, and i don't think he'll ever be forgotten, his tragic loss will always feel like the first day we knew of it, I know he's in a better place now and he'll always be missed...R.I.P.
Very touching tribute, Heath touched many with his incredible tallent on screen and off, and i don't think he'll ever be forgotten, his tragic loss will always feel like the first day we knew of it, I know he's in a better place now and he'll always be missed...R.I.P.
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5:00PM on 01/28/2008

Such class

I've been patiently waiting to hear/read Nolan's reaction to the tragedy. He is the one who has spent the most time with HL over the past year, so I was sure that the news hit him one the hardest. He has been so enthusiastic about HL playing the Joker in TDK over the past little wile, and it was clear that they were going to use him as the main marketing tool for the film's July '08 release. The fact that Heath will never be able to see the final cut of TDK really sucks...I'm sure he would've
I've been patiently waiting to hear/read Nolan's reaction to the tragedy. He is the one who has spent the most time with HL over the past year, so I was sure that the news hit him one the hardest. He has been so enthusiastic about HL playing the Joker in TDK over the past little wile, and it was clear that they were going to use him as the main marketing tool for the film's July '08 release. The fact that Heath will never be able to see the final cut of TDK really sucks...I'm sure he would've been extremely proud of what he accomplished with one of the best directors out there today, Christopher Nolan.
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4:22PM on 01/28/2008
Moving words from Nolan. I'm glad I read that.

Come July, I hope that this tragedy will feel less close to our hearts and we can marvel at what appears to be an amazing and memorable performance given by Ledger in TDK.
Moving words from Nolan. I'm glad I read that.

Come July, I hope that this tragedy will feel less close to our hearts and we can marvel at what appears to be an amazing and memorable performance given by Ledger in TDK.
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4:08PM on 01/28/2008
Just another reason why both of these men are and were the best in their craft. These guys come far from a dime a dozen and Hollywood doesn't give them enough credit. R.I.P. Heath and thanks Nolan for the words.
Just another reason why both of these men are and were the best in their craft. These guys come far from a dime a dozen and Hollywood doesn't give them enough credit. R.I.P. Heath and thanks Nolan for the words.
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3:57PM on 01/28/2008

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that gave me chills after I was done reading. You can honestly tell that Nolan wrote that with all his heart. He is just one out of many who feel this way.

Rest in Peace, Heath. I miss you man.
that gave me chills after I was done reading. You can honestly tell that Nolan wrote that with all his heart. He is just one out of many who feel this way.

Rest in Peace, Heath. I miss you man.
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3:56PM on 01/28/2008
that gave me chills after I was done reading. You can honestly tell that Nolan wrote that with all his heart. He is just one out of many who feel this way.

Rest in Peace, Heath. I miss you man.
that gave me chills after I was done reading. You can honestly tell that Nolan wrote that with all his heart. He is just one out of many who feel this way.

Rest in Peace, Heath. I miss you man.
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3:56PM on 01/28/2008

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that gave me chills after I was done reading. You can honestly tell that Nolan wrote that with all his heart. He is just one out of many who feel this way.

Rest in Peace, Heath. I miss you man.
that gave me chills after I was done reading. You can honestly tell that Nolan wrote that with all his heart. He is just one out of many who feel this way.

Rest in Peace, Heath. I miss you man.
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3:39PM on 01/28/2008

wow

that really hit the heart




that really hit the heart




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3:21PM on 01/28/2008

Lovely tribute

Very moving, and I'm glad he took his time to put it out rather than knee-jerk it.
Very moving, and I'm glad he took his time to put it out rather than knee-jerk it.
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3:17PM on 01/28/2008

Lovely tribute

Very moving, and I'm glad he took his time to put it out rather than knee-jerk it.
Very moving, and I'm glad he took his time to put it out rather than knee-jerk it.
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3:03PM on 01/28/2008
Very cool tribute. It says something about Ledger, when a guy like Nolan, who has worked with some of the best actors living, says those things about him. RIP Heath.
Very cool tribute. It says something about Ledger, when a guy like Nolan, who has worked with some of the best actors living, says those things about him. RIP Heath.
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