WEIRDLAND: Heath Ledger on the set of Doctor Parnassus

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Heath Ledger on the set of Doctor Parnassus

New pictures of Heath Ledger on the set of Doctor Parnassus Source: livejournal.com/ohnotheydidnt

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"It's Heath Ledger's final film. There, that's got that out of the way. There's no way around mentioning this fact as, unlike Terry Gilliam's previous movie-making problems, the tragic and unexpected death of his lead actor greatly impacts on the movie itself here – and not in entirely detrimental ways. The aged Doctor Parnassus (Christopher Plummer) drags his mysterious sideshow act around London with the help of his daughter (a respectable turn from model Lily Cole), an apprentice, and a grumpy dwarf. His "act" involves sending volunteers through a magical mirror into the titular Imaginarium, a strange zone where dreams take flight, which is revealed to be part of a long-fought wager with Tom Waits's Devil, with the very concept of imagination is at stake. Ledger plays an amnesiac they find hanging from a bridge over the Thames, who's not the innocent he first appears. It's hard to understand and full of bizarre sequences, but that's really par for the course with any Gilliam film. It can't be fully appreciated on just one viewing. Ledger passed away with only the special effects shots to be completed, so the film's structure is pretty much intact". Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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