I didn't post anything last week upon hearing news of Heath Ledger's death, as I thought it seemed presumptuous - who am I to eulogize someone, the New York Times? I'm nobody. Still, I've felt an unexpected degree of sadness since then, probably because it's a shame when a person's great work, just beginning, is cut short.
Ledger was breaking into the kinds of projects he'd been waiting for: the Times' Stephen Holden called Ledger's Oscar-nominated performance in Brokeback Mountain as good "as the best of Brando"; Terry Gilliam said, "He's going to be a much better director than I will ever be" (Ledger was preparing for his feature-directing debut); those of us following Dark Knight news closely, initially skeptical of Ledger as the choice for the new Joker, had been proven wrong by the film's trailer, at least matching Jack Nicholson for iconic impact.
I might not be adding anything new to the remembrances already out there, but Dark Knight director Chris Nolan's piece in Newsweek about Ledger is worth sharing.