Gilliam: 'Ledger Was The Best Actor Of His Generation'

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Director [Terry Gilliam] is angry with Heath Ledger for dying so young, insisting the Australian was the best actor of his generation. Ledger was half way shooting a role in Gilliam's latest project, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, when he died from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs at his New York apartment on 22 January 2008.
And Gilliam insists the acting world has lost its greatest talent.
He tells the New York Post, "In terms of his acting, it still rankles with me that he's dead because he would have been streets ahead of anyone else in his generation. He just kept getting better and better.
"He was fearless. On Parnassus, he was improvising all the time, and it was better than what we had written.
"In a sense, I felt Heath was writing this film."


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Anon A. Mouse

I think he's angry that Heath is gone. Not angry at Heath for passing. I'm angry that Heath is gone, too. He wasn't just the best of HIS generation. He was loads ahead of the previous one, too. People have no idea how much of what he did on film was his own, not on the paper. But his own brilliance and instinct.
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