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The Cold Filtered Ramblings of Gene Mueller

Heath Ledger/The Dark Knight

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        Questions are bound to peculate when a healthy, 28 year old man dies.      So it goes with actor Heath Ledger, who's untimely demise is the source of all manner of gossip, speculation, and some downright false reporting.


        As of this writing, we know little more than we did when the news first broke--Ledger turned up dead in his New York apartment amid a bottle or two of prescription drugs.      


       What I find particularly telling are Ledger's words in a recent "New York Times" interview concerning one of his final movie roles as "The Joker" in the new Batman sequel "The Dark Knight".    Ledger said in an interview in November that "Dark Knight" and last year's "I'm Not There," took a heavy toll. He said he "stressed out a little too much" during the Dylan film, and had trouble sleeping while portraying the Joker, whom he called a "psychopathic, mass-murdering, schizophrenic clown with zero empathy.   "Last week I probably slept an average of two hours a night," Ledger told The New York Times. "I couldn't stop thinking. My body was exhausted, and my mind was still going." He said he took two Ambien pills, which only worked for an hour.


       Our ABC entertainment correspondent, David Blaustein, says it could be an Oscar worthy role.      No one's seen the movie yet, but here's the trailer.




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