Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Heath Ledger -- We Hardly Knew Ye

It's been a while since I've posted here. I keep reminding myself that I have this thing called a 'blog' that needs attention.

Unfortunately, what beckons me to write this morning is tragedy. Actor Heath Ledger, 28, was found dead at his NYC apartment yesterday. The cause of death is still unknown and I could care less as to how his death transpired (this is the part where the media-journalists do their job, finding every last sensational, hyped-up angle.)

Because no matter what the cause of death was... we've lost a 'gamer'. For those that don't know what a 'gamer' is, let me explain:

A 'gamer' comes to work everyday, shows up on time and is ready to work. A 'gamer' goes about their job with nothing less than their full attention and effort. Even though the 'gamer' may not be comfortable with some parts of their job, they swallow their pride and continue to act like a professional. A 'gamer' will do whatever is in their power to make the 'team' a success.

As an outsider to Hollywood and movie-making, I am not privy to the 'buzz' or any sort of inside dope regarding an actor's performance, how they were on the set, etc... However, as an avid movie watcher, it is easy to see which actors showed up on the set ready to work (ready for the 'game', hence 'gamer') and which actors were simply there for the paycheck.

Look at the resume and watch his performances. He immersed himself into the roles he chose which made it very easy for us suspend disbelief (which for those that didn't realize, is the crux of movie-watching). Very few actors have or have had such prowess. Between a character like the gay cowboy Emmit in "Brokeback Mountain" to the burn-out surfer turn skateboard maker Skip in "Lords of Dogtown", Ledger proved that he had the range and versatility to be one of the best (if not, the best) actors in movie-making.

Make no mistake. Heath Ledger was a 'gamer'... and he will be sorely missed.

(side note: I am starting to supplant the term 'movie-making' in place of Hollywood because the former is more inclusive, whereas you have to give everyone in Hollywood a hand-job before you can even dream about being successful. Oh, and quite frankly, Hollywood is no longer about making a film, it's about franchising).

3 Comentários:

Stacey said...

Ennis Del Mar, I think. Well said. It's a huge loss. RIP.

Anonymous said...

I like the new logo. Sad piece but well written.


Cappy said...

I think I got a pretty good idea brewing. Let's me & you take it back to the good ole days. Let's do some real movie-making. Chat soon!

"Let's go out in the desert & make a real road movie. We'll shoot it in b&w. We'll call it Zero." - J. Morrison

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