Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Heath Ledger: 1979-2008

As if the entertainment community wasn't already in a dark mood thanks to the writers' strike and the threat of the Oscars being disrupted, a true tragedy overshadowed all of that ... well, all of that nonsense by comparison. The death of Heath Ledger at the young age of 28 just puts everything into perspective. Much has already been said of his passing, and much more will be said - good, bad and ridiculous - about what may have happened before and up to this afternoon in that Manhattan apartment, and about what could have been in the years to come. All I will say is this - and forgive me if it sounds cliché: I'll never listen to that sad, slow theme from Brokeback Mountain the same way again. That movie broke this heterosexual man's heart. And now it has again in a much deeper way. G'day, mate.

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