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Heath Ledger Covers Entertainment Weekly -- The Untold Story

Heath Ledger Covers Entertainment Weekly -- The Untold Story

On January 22—the anniver­sary of Heath Ledger’s passing—Hollywood will unveil this year’s Academy Award nominees, and Heath is consid­ered a lock to secure a posthumous Best Supporting Actor nod for his performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight.

A year after Heath Ledger‘s death, his closest friends finally open up to EW about his last days, life as a father to Matilda and fear of fame.

“I haven’t talked about it until now. I’m really nervous,” says actor Wes Bent­ley, one of Heath Ledger’s closest friends. They costarred in 2002’s The Four Feath­ers. “Heath’s fun clouded its way through a room,” says Wes. “It was infectious …Some people think he’d party too much and take drugs. That wasn’t the case. It was young energy. He was high off life.”

Heath al­ways seemed so mature,” says 10 Things I Hate About You costar Julia Stiles. “I got the sense he was averse to becoming any kind of teen idol. I think he felt like 10 Things had more substance, but he anticipated that if he did more movies like this, he’d get stuck doing teen romantic comedies.”

To read the full cover feature on Heath, visit EW.com (be warned, it’s 28 pages long).

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  • *****

    Awww… such nice comments about Heath. He was a great actor in his time.

  • ellie

    Heath you’ll be so missed. Nice Man, great father,and a great actor.
    My prayers are with you & your family..

  • http://rantsthoughtsmerde.blogspot.com NativeNYker

    He will definitely be receiving not only the nom but the award itself. Its a sure thing. Shame he didn’t receive it while alive – he was brilliant in Brokeback.

    xo
    Rants, Thoughts & Merde
    http://rantsthoughtsmerde.blogspot.com

  • Ivana

    Just watching his picture make me so sad.
    He had such warm personality…

  • justine

    I miss him.
    It’s been almost a year…
    Gosh, I wish he could be with Matilda…

    Heath, you’ll be never forgotten

  • christine

    Even though time passes by, noone will forget Heath..

  • LolaSvelt

    Oh please, enough! I can not believe how people keep milking this horrible story!

    And no, Philip Seymour Hoffman was better in Capote, Ledger didn’t deserve it for Brokeback Mountain.

  • BECKY SMITH

    MICHELLE MAKE ROOM ON THAT MANTLE FOR ALL AWARDS SINCE
    HEATH’S AWARDS ARE GOING TO HER.. TO BAD THE BASTARD IS
    DEAD OR HE COULD HAVE THEM IN HIS OWN LOFT IN NYC..

  • Ivana

    Does he deserved or not… i don’t know, i didn’t watch Capote… but i missed him, because of his youth…. he had so much to give.

  • LolaSvelt

    Becky, technically the award will be given to Matilda (like the Globe was)…your comments are downright offensive, however.

  • sd

    Of course Heath deserved the Oscar for Brokeback Mountain, he was brilliant, but Hoffman deserved it too and he was older, so he got it.

  • Rayt

    Becky you’re a fckin tool.

  • Ivana

    Heath was brilliant as Ennis… so much better than Joker.
    Joker is too much dark and anxious.
    And yes i agree with NativeNYker…

  • slambang

    OMG, I *must* get this!!!!!!!

    Love you, Heath – you will NEVER be forgotten!

  • mike

    becky your a fucking ignorant fuck

  • ella

    High off life? Come on…

  • http://Sexy sharyllee

    no more .. enough of him..

  • lala

    people need to shut the fuck up about this guy!!!

    HE’S DEAD!!!

    end of story.

    PS. NO CARES ABOUT THE DEAD CELEBRITIES ANYMORE!!

  • yo

    aww i miss him! he could have done so many great things!
    http://s3.bite-fight.us/c.php?uid=159594

  • LeeLabella

    Who gives a &#*@!!! I am sick to death of hearing about Heath Ledger. For such a private person who hated being famous, he sure gets a hell of lot of attention. Enough!

  • wish

    love him and miss his zest for life with his daugter. also his acting.

  • BECKY SMITH

    NO I AM NOT A . *********… JUST A PERSON THAT DOES NOT CARE
    THAT HE GETS 28 PAGES ..IN ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY.. WHY NOT
    HAS HOWARD K STERN TOO.. SINCE ANNA NICOLE DIED THE SAME WAY… !! NO DIFFERENCE BOTH DIED OF PRESCRIPTION
    DRUG OVERDOSE.. AGREE WITH LA LA HE IS DEAD SO GO AHEAD
    AND PRAISE THE GROUND HE WALKS ON WITH A 28 PAGE SPECIAL.. WHEN YOU HAVE TO GO BACK THAT FAR .. WHY NOT ASK
    HIS BATMAN CAST.. OR BETTER STILL JAKE GYALLANHALL.

  • jen fan pain BA fan joy

    jared why is my comment awaiting moderation

  • http://thatshideous.com deka

    great photo!!

    http://www.thatshideous.com

  • Vi

    Oh Gosh some people have a really bad soul here!
    I miss Heath so much!
    He wasn’t a drug addict!
    I’m so sick and sad to read that!
    I wonder why Jake never talk about Heath…

  • jen fan pain BA fan joy
  • jen fan pain BA fan joy

    He will be remember always but the media and people

  • jen fan pain BA fan joy

    sorry for mistake

    //
    He will be remember always but the media and people should allow him to rest in peace

  • Ivana

    Vi i am sure that Jake will talk, but it not easy… everybody have his own way of sadness… you know i even like him more, because of his silence.
    Why people have to know, what he feel for someone so close to him.
    By the way his behavior tells his deep suffering…
    He said only two or three words on Golden Globe, then he leave party.
    He didn’t go to funeral or any event related with Heath..
    He only knows what his going through.

  • miss you

    Great article.
    Thanks EW and JJ.

  • sella

    pecorini said that he died from broken heart, so now i know who is the responsable of his death

  • lae

    so i never go on ew…but i come on jj sometimes and i’m really glad he posted this story just so I could look at heath’s pictures. i never said once in my life oh look at that guy heath ledger, he’s so hot. i don’t think stating the obvious is his style so i always connected with him in that he and i are both artists and the conflicts he comes accross are the same i have in my life. i like people i can relate to who share in living life on a natural high instead of an artificial high. He was my favourite actor, from back before home and away, and i was always staying up at night to see him in some of the australian tv shows we would get here. I’ve seen all the films he’s in except for the Dark Knight…not because I’m scared of his brilliant acting, but because I don’t want to remember how great he was. I want to remember him as a great person in the present because that’s how I always regarded him. A person like me with faults always pushing pushing pushing, searching for something, never relying on just your looks or meaningless shit. He thinks, he loves, and he’s an amazing person. I cried when I saw the news of his death and I’m crying typing this now. I still can’t believe he’s gone…it doesn’t make sense to me. it’s gonna take a long time for me to realize all of that, but I just pray for his family and friends. It doesn’t happen a lot that there are completely authentic human beings in the entertainment business, and i’m thankful he pursued art and brought his passion to the entire world. I think he was blessed and blessed others. He’s lucky, and people are lucky to have known him. This is so sad. Live your life the way you want to because you never know when this gift is going to be taken away. Thanks Jared.

  • Sara

    Love him. He will be greatly missed.
    R.I.P. Heath Ledger

  • lae

    pecorini said that he died from broken heart, so now i know who is the responsable of his death
    ———————————————————————————–

    a lot of what the directors,, writers, his agent and actors said wasn’t really surprising especially if you’ve seen the making of such and such film and heard him talk/met him in person. also don’t take that part about the broken heart literally…i don’t dislike michelle williams, even if i never liked her before ledger/dawsons creek days etc…or after all this crap. i think he broke his heart. i’m sure people will know what i mean by that so i’m gonna let that be. a lot of times people tell me i’m a perfectionist, or that i’m always working to hard, or that sometimes i’m off my rocker and on a different level than most people (never taken drugs or dranks anything…a pretty bland person who doesn’t really do anything bad), or that i need to stop and either dail it down or stop and enjoy life a lot more, or that i think too much about everything. it sucks when you are artistic and you have to compromise yourself and your craft because of fame/success or your choice of profession but that is the game and the story of life…achieving…but who for…why can’t you just be yourself all the time, why are so many people judgemental…and sometimes you can’t play that game well because you don’t believe in your gift–your abilities, and you ALWAYS second guess yourself. and then there’s always the temptations, and then you have to figure out a way to deal with your anxieties and being so focused on something that you make yourself sick or weaken your body. then you need to turn to the meds but you don’t want to stop your mind working the way you know it does…and then stuff like this happen. it f’n sucks and i wouldn’t wish it on anyone. god bless him.

  • sd

    LeeLabella, it’s not his fault he is getting attention. You’re an idiot. If you’re not interested, then f*ck off from here and post about celebs you like.

  • vanessajonas

    aw i miss him.. and people that is sick of him.. just shut it! respect him please

  • Alison

    I can’t believe it has been a year next week since Heath’s passing. He is really missed, but always remembered.

  • Ellie

    Holy shit, people. All of you arrogant people, especially Becky – why do you waste your time writing offensive comments about something you don’t care about? Get a life.

    Anyway, I can’t believe it’s been a year already. He was such a rising talent; he would have been on top of the world right now. RIP, Heath.

  • brie2009

    I love Heath! Such a talented actor he was. I still remember what channel I had to find this out from and I thought it was an error. But it wasn’t. =( I’m going to need to the 28 pages cause I need something interesting to read (when I’m done with the final) since I am going to have finals!

  • Ivana

    This is my last..
    I don’t believe that Heath was drug addict, but i do believe he suffer from deep depression, that Joker role is pretty much dark..

    I hate when certain people tells that Jake doesn’t care.. If you watched Jake and Heath pictures or their videos on You tube, you can feel their connection. It is huge shock when someone so close suddenly dies, you don’t know what to think, how to act.. you just dissapear.
    And that’s what Jake do… when he heard about Heath’s death.. he just dissapear. And his look, he rapidly aged in year, he become so serious, his only company is Reese..

  • so14

    Come back to us.Come back ,please.

  • hephaestion

    Heath’s portrayal of Ennis Del Mar will go down in the history books as the greatest performance ever. God bless you Heath for giving us this great gift.

  • Sabine

    Nearly one year since his passing.. and I`m still sad about it.
    I miss you Heath.You`ll never be forgotten !

  • Miss ledger

    This is for Lala
    Listen to me mother f****. u say u don’t care about the celebrity dead, it’s fine…but….u don’t have to say of that way! (MORE RESPECT TO THE DEAD PEOPLE, DONT’ CARE THERE ARE CELEBRITIES OR NOT!!!) 4 that reason i tell you much respect, i don’t have any problem you like this or not is not my problem but b more carefull of the thing you say. Wacht out! (i know this is a free country) p.s: u have be more respect too the people they want 2 remember him, they just want remember him cause’ he was and is a very important person. Of you…..i don’t know… don’t wanna remember or make a tribute 4 some friend or a people of u family died (is just an example)
    I hope with this stuff u change a little bit of you opinion, and if u don’t wanna it OK is not my things…..Thank You

  • Loona

    I usually don’t pay attention to the world of celeb people, but the sudden death of Heath nearly one year ago was huge shock for me.
    I cannot cope with the fact that he has gone forever. I first became aware of his unique talent when I saw him in Monsters Ball, his sensitivity was really touching and in Brookeback his acting was so vulnerable and heartbreaking that it still resonates…..
    He seemed so different from other hollywood people, so down to earth, so humble, I loved his controversial attitude towards the media, I felt so related to him……
    If asked myself a hundred times why, but none of us will ever know the real circumstances of his death, he will ever hide this secret.
    Heath I cannot get you out of my mind, RIP

  • Ivana

    Loona
    Beautiful comment..

  • miss you heath

    Look lalala u muther f… you don’t hav to be that rude, you might think ppl doesnt care because he died, r.i.p, but u just can’t say that coz its not true.
    Loonas coment its beautiful.
    Heath i love you so much
    and i miss you.
    People can say shit about him but he will always be remembered.
    and i mean it ALWAYS, in the future he will be remembered in Matilda.

    R.I.P
    HEATH WHY DID U HAV TO GO
    WE LOVE YOUUUUUU!

  • Lori

    Its been along year. Heath has been very missed. Cant get him out of my head . Look for news on him everyday. DK was great. Wish Heath was here to see it. May god bless you. RIP Your fan for ever

  • http://justjared ashley

    Lala shut the fuck up no one is going to care when you die either bitch. You have no respect.

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