Although Heath Ledger passed away nearly nine years ago this year, his legend still lives on. A rising star, Ledger has left us with a legacy. His biggest role is arguably his phenominal performance as the Joker in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. Yet, the actor was also a huge presence in films 10 Things I Hate About You and Brokeback Mountain.
In celebration of Ledger’s life, a new documentary is on it’s way to Spike TV. Featuring never-before seen footage from the actor’s own camera, the new documentary will offer fans an intimate look into the talented actor’s life. As the guys over at EW mention:
In the trailer for Spike TV and Network Entertainment’s I Am Heath Ledger, filmmaker Derik Murray (I Am Chris Farley) offers an intimate portrait of the actor using never-before-seen home videos shot by Ledger. “He was always a director, acting was just a way to get there,” Trevor DiCarlo, a childhood friend, says in the preview.
In I Am Heath Ledger, we’ll also have a series of interviews with the people close to Ledger. Actors Ben Mendelsohn and Naomi Watts, director Ang Lee and Ledger’s closest friends will talk about the actor’s life. Here’s a snippet from the video, where filmmaker Matt Amato speaks about how Ledger saw his popularity:
“He wanted fame, and then when he got it, he didn’t want it…”
Check the trailer out below:
This is not the first documentary about Ledger. As EW say:
He [Heath] was previously the subject of the docuseries Too Young to Die, available to watch now on Netflix, in which his father, Kim Ledger, revealed pages of his Joker diary.
Premiering at Tribeca Film Festival on April 23rd, the documentary will then hit select cinemas on May 3rd. In addition, I Am Heath Ledger will also air on Spike TV in the US on May 17th at 10pm ET/PT. A DVD of the documentary will also be released on May 23rd.
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