September 21, 2020

'I Am Heath Ledger' Documentary Highlights | Paramount Network

Hello.

Yeah.

We're going to goon a mission right now.

Yes, will you come with me?Oh, you will.

I'm going down the streetand I get a hit.

Heath, Heath, Heath, Heath.

Sure enough, the next day I said, “I'm going to hearabout something, Heath.

There's something going on.

“The next day, I got your email.

I honestly thinkthat the earth is off axis.

I think there's something thatis universally out of alignment with what happened.

I'm not supposed to betalking about this with you.

This isn't supposedto be being made.

This is fucked up.

This is not something that is supposed to behappening right now.

Heath wasthe most alive human.

If it wasn't on the edge, it didn't interest him.

If there wasn't a risk, some type of risk involved, he had no time for it.

He went all the way outin the time that he had.

He went all the wayto the edge.

Some people are just biggerthan the world has room for.

One of the things that happens is when you're goodat something in a movie, everyone offers youthat same thing.

He did a great job being in ateen romantic comedy, basically.

Anything that resembled10 Things I Hate About You came his way.

Of course, that's exactlywhat he didn't want to do next.

He wanted to mix it upand find a new challenge.

That moment wasa very important next step.

Okay, what do we wantto do next? What do we really want to doif we have a choice? He was always very friendly.

He never seemedout of sorts about it, but he knew what he didn't want.

He was always very appreciative of coming to a housefull of art and artists.

I am filming right now.

He got this camera, and he didn't know what to doother than to make something.

It wasn't just to film usand film what we were doing.

He was creatingsomething straight away.

He always used to say to me, “Don't forget your camera, ” and I was like, “What am I going to filmbetween here and there?” He was like, “I don't care.

You could film your feet.

” But we'd watch a lotof our videos back.

He was just curious, and watching it, and thinking how he coulddo things different.

That's how he learned.

He neverstudied anything, really.

He was self-taught.

He could really seewhat he was doing and how to do that betteror different.

Even if it was the way he smiledor where he was looking, he'd make a lot of thingsjust for himself, just to teach himself.

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Evil super-villains.

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civilian men and women.

” Who? Got it, boss.

Let's go! Okay, I've got my mission.

We're at the peephole.

You never knowwho's out there waiting.

The screen test for The Patriotcame up with Mel Gibson, who's the biggestAustralian movie star.

That was one of his idols.

He loved Mad Max.

It was a huge, huge thing for him.

It was an actual screen testin costume on the set with the main star.

Heath called me and said, “They're not calling youon this one.

I just didn't do well, ” and it was something, enough there, that Roland Emmerichand the studio and Mel all looked at each other and, I think, said, “You know, let's take a shot.

” This is first day shooting.

This is the first dayon The Patriot for me.

I'm looking forward to it.

It's been three months sinceI found out I got this job, and finally, after three monthsof sitting around thinking about it, I get to go out there and do it.

This is it.

Blink my eyes, and it'll be out there.

Guys, guys, Heath's here, guys.

Everybody look alive.

It was a huge production.

It was a little terrifying to bein another city with no friends, and you're just sitting thereon your own.

It's a lonely life.

Cut! That's why he took me tomost places is that it was us.

We met riding our bikesout in the street, and we just became best friends.

We felt at home together.

You could tell that he wantedto do a good job.

He was still learning.

I'm not going back.

No, I didn't expect you would.

That Gates is a damn fool.

He spent too many yearsin the British army.

Going muzzle to muzzlewith Redcoats in open field.

It's madness.

He called me one dayfrom the set, really upset.

He was having a hard time, and he was struggling, just a crisis of confidence.

He was probably in his head.

He's standing across from hisidol acting with Mel Gibson.

For a young Aussie kid, it was a lot.

He would get caught upin the fear of whether or not he could accomplishwhat he wanted to do.

He kind of almost pulledout of every movie he ever ended up doing.

Heath and I had mutual friends, so it was a setup.

We met, and that was it.

That was it.

There were alwayscameras around.

A video camera, or a Polaroidcamera, or the film camera.

I was amazed when I sawall of the stuff together and how many photographs.

He was documenting everything.

He was just surrounded by allof those moments he was in, and then surrounded by them, but then he'd be capturingthe next moment and the next momentand the next moment.

Didn't stop.

It never stopped.

The way he was ableto be in the moment and then capture the momenton the camera, he just got youin your most authentic self.

He really got me.

I think that'sa beautiful thing, because he's saying throughhis photographs, “I see you.

” The art was more of a need, almost, to live in the worldand then capture the world.

That's the only wayI think of him, with the camera in the hand.

That was just Heath.

He was looking, always for something that was going to betruly challenging to try to figure out ways that he could absolutelydisappear into a character and almost be unrecognizable.

That's what really drove him.

In his process of pickingwhat film he was gonna do most of that came fromwho was directing it.

Shekhar was a director thathe always wanted to work with.

He recommended Heath, myself, we go out in the desertby ourselves, just the two of us.

Heath stood there, looking down the valley, and we bothjust started yelling, trying to see how faryour voice will carry.

It's you and the desert.

You're forced to lookat yourself.

The impression you haveof yourself when you lookin the mirror is up to you.

You can see whateveryou want to see, and you can bewhoever you want to be.

He was really at the startof a journey that was a lot more focusedas an artist.

Since we have to believe it, for us the audience, to believe what you'reputting out there, you must believe it yourself.

We all grew from that film.

He told me that whenthey wrapped his character, he stood in the middleof the whole set and collapsed.

Before Brokeback Mountaincame out, it would've been unthinkableto have a romantic tragedy involving two gay cowboys, which are the very symbolof American masculinity.

This is one of the biggestheartthrobs on Earth taking on that character.

That's balls, and that's an artist.

When his name popped upfrom casting I did have a little hesitation.

I didn't know at that timeif he can carry a movie, which is what he needed to do.

There was no doubt in his mindhe was that person.

If you can findthat character in you, then that's your success.

That's golden.

That's the magic.

I have no doubt that he couldhave done enumerablemore extraordinary performances and given those giftsto the world.

He was seeing the world in a waythat the rest of us didn't and in a waythat the rest of us couldn't.

Time and convention meantabsolutely nothing to him.

He had this light around him.

Where he wenthe shone light on people and made their lives better.

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