It still feels like just yesterday that we lost him. If you're a Heath Ledger fan, you probably remember where you were when you heard that he died. The groundbreaking star of "Brokeback Mountain" and "The Dark Knight" passed away from what was deemed an accidental intoxication from prescription drugs in January 2008. He was 28.
Spike TV is now promoting its 90-minute documentary on the actor's life, with the official trailer for "I Am Heath Ledger" poised to rip your heart out all over again:The star-studded documentary will air Wednesday, May 17 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Spike, after holding its world premiere April 23 at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film will also have a limited theatrical release on May 3 with Fathom Events. And you can also watch "I Am Heath Ledger" when it's released on Digital HD and DVD on May 23.
Here are more details from Spike:
"I Am Heath Ledger" provides an intimate look at Heath through the lens of his own camera, with a treasure trove of never-before-seen footage, as he films and often performs in his own personal journey - extravagant in gesture and in action. Through these personal home movies, we get a rare glimpse into his true character – demonstrating his creative energy and unshakable willingness to take risks that instilled such an extraordinarily deep love and affection in the people that entered his life.
The film features interviews from those who knew Heath best including close friends, family members, and industry peers, such as actors Naomi Watts, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, and Emile Hirsch, directors Ang Lee and Catherine Hardwicke, musicians Ben Harper, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), N'fa, and Grace Woodroofe, and the Ledger family. "I Am Heath Ledger" recounts his fabled rise to the pinnacle of the Hollywood dream and the indelible mark he left. Not only did he cut a path for himself, but Heath often championed other talents and artists whose voices he thought deserved to be heard. The documentary also showcases his most memorable moments on screen from his beginnings in Australia to the heights of his Hollywood achievements.
From his early hit films such as "10 Things I Hate About You," to "The Patriot," to "Monster's Ball," to his award-winning and critically-acclaimed role as Ennis in "Brokeback Mountain," Heath was a remarkable talent whose work ethic, ambition, and integrity catapulted him to Hollywood's elite. But his most iconic role, his Academy-Award® winning performance, The Joker in "The Dark Knight," truly speaks to his profound talent as an actor. The documentary goes behind-the scenes of the shooting of "The Dark Knight," as Heath morphed into the psychotic criminal-mastermind that will live in cinematic lore forever.
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