Tuesday, January 22, 2008

R.I.P. Heath Ledger

Committed, brave, ready to take the leap, forthcoming about his errors, poised to reach a new plane, maybe a little reckless, hard to know (at least on screen), grimly gifted at grueling implosions, closed off by love (Brokeback Mountain), doomed by self-recognition (Monster's Ball), but alluringly goofy even when he was Grimm. A promised slash of color in The Dark Knight, overexposed, ironic, blurry, splotches and shadows where a face should be, only just beginning to come into focus. He was suddenly, recently, out of a "nowhere" of interchangeable actors and out of a "nowhere" of movies he publicly wouldn't or couldn't love, he was suddenly, abruptly good. He was here, to the delight and with the support of so many, and now, with no good explanation, he's not there.



Blogger John T said...

That was beautiful. I don't think I could add anything else to comment-it's just, beautiful.

5:33 AM, January 23, 2008  
Blogger NATHANIEL R said...

you are brilliantly succinct but you said a lot

thank you... this is a tough day

10:17 AM, January 23, 2008  
Blogger lylee said...

The most beautifully written tribute I've read today. Thanks, Nick.

3:45 PM, January 23, 2008  
Blogger Yaseen Ali said...

You are such a gifted writer, Nick.

11:10 PM, January 23, 2008  

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