I’m absolutely, undeniably, morally repugnant. You’re going to hate me for this, but a little part of you is also going to know that you felt the same way. Maybe I’m a bit calloused by my own losses, but you’re probably still going to think I’m an ass. I don’t really read or watch the mainstream news. What I read, I read on tech-blogs, in press clippings of where tech has been in the news, and anything outside of this comes from the Wall Street Journal, which I comb through every morning and evening while on the throne. I try to keep up-to-date on my share of pop music, movies, and tv, but I nearly fell over when yesterday I opened up msn.com (my current homepage) and before I could click over to Facebook, recognized the picture and then the title of the headline: “Heath Ledger Dead at 28.” It wasn’t that I was a huge fan. It wasn’t that I felt the loss of such a tremendous actor. Terribly, I felt a wave of loss and fear, immediately turning to wonder how this might affect the upcoming Batman sequel: The Dark Knight.
I don’t want to say I’m entirely a heartless ass. I had just read a pretty extensive article on Mr. Ledger – may he rest in peace – a week earlier – so the news affected me much more than the passing of any other person that I had ever read about. I had been impressed, had really begun to respect him, after reading more about the Batman sequel, and how he was portraying The Joker. I was even more impressed as I read the man’s career choices. He never settled for being a teenage hearthrob. he could have milked the teeny-boppers for all they’re worth after 10 Things I Hate About You. Instead, we went after an Oscar by doing serious roles, by doing Monster’s Ball, I’m Not There, and by doing Brokeback Mountain. Finally, by following in the footsteps of Jack Nicholson in what will most likeley be the most anticipated summer blockbuster in years, I think it’s safe to say that he’ll be remembered. And you fans can rest assured: they’re calling The Dark Knight his “final completed performance,” implying that they were through shooting the movie and into post-production.