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With the upcoming release of The Dark Knight (the sequel to Batman) I am reminded of the tragic loss of Heath Ledger. What really happened? Yes, we know Heath died of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs, but why? The reason is closely connected to his role as the Joker in The Dark Knight and his other roles around that same time.

We know Heath turned to strong prescription drugs as a solution to his problems, which unfortunately lead to his tragic death. What was causing his sleepless and anxious nights? What made his mind race, exhausting his life force? “Last week I probably slept an average of two hours a night,” he told The New York Times last November. “I couldn’t stop thinking. My body was exhausted and my mind was still going.” Heath had been upfront about his lack of success using Ambien, something he mentioned in the same interview, when he said the pills “failed to work.” He took two and, according to the story, “fell into a stupor, only to wake up an hour later, his mind still racing.”

Good actors and performers are channels. They allow the energy of a character they assume to flow through them. In a recent interview with Elle magazine Madonna stated “When I write, I’m often channeling and collaging from my life without being conscious of it.” Also Al Pachino on the Inside the Actors Studio noted how he channels the character he is playing, and mentioned how it was difficult to do re-shoots, because some times he had trouble channeling the same character.

The role of the Joker in The Dark Night was a particularly dark and sinister character for Heath to channel. His prior roles included more positive even heroic portrayals of human nature. My point is Heath was channeling the energy far darker then his usual domain.

When channeling, we completely open ourselves to the energy that is flowing through us, which makes for a very real and excellent performance on the screen. Heath’s problem began when he tried to stop the flow of dark energy through him. It is usually difficult to disconnect from the source of a dark nature. This resulted in his disturbed sleeping patterns, giving him nightmares, causing restlessness, and a general dis-ease.

Due to our technological and scientific minded society, many people are not aware or refuse to acknowledge that many dark and disturbing energies come from the spirits among us. Most people have written such things off as superstition, or a bunch of rubbish. I am not surprised. After all, we can not detect spirits with our physical eyes, and anything you can not see could not exist, right? Of course, we can not see God, our Soul, the wind, or an electric current, and many other things that a lot of us believe in. Spirits do exist. There are both good spirits and bad spirits. They are interconnected to us not on the physical level, but on a soul level, ultimately affecting our physical state of being.

This is what I believe happened to Heath. Being an excellent actor, he was an excellent channel. Playing the role of the Joker in The Dark Knight, he was channeling some dark energies, bad spirits, since they would be in alignment with the character he was playing. He had to become that character, assume all traits of their psychotic mind, to deliver such an unprecedented performance. The problem was, when the role was over, it was much harder to get rid of THEM (dark spirits). Heath was noticing all the physical symptoms that people experience when in the company of dark spirits: restlessness, agitation, insomnia, uneasiness and such. The most dangerous thing was that he lost himself in the darkness and could not find his own peaceful soul. This is not uncommon with actors, who spend much of their time pretending to be someone else. The ones that are really good at pretending make it so real we believe them, and they themselves transform into the character. But, if you loose yourself in the process, and have no real anchor to bring yourself back from the darkness, your may never recover from …


As Empire Magazine does its own countdown in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, they featured Heath Ledger as The Joker. One of the cunning villains of Batman, the coveted role was first be portrayed by a non-American putting our Aussie hot men to the ultimate test. That is for us moviegoers to find out, meanwhile he will be one of Bob Dylans in the coming biopic I’m Not There. Opposite Dark Knight co-star Christian Bale, Richard Gere, Ben Whishaw, Marcus Carl Franklin and Cate Blanchett they will employ the musician’s multi-faceted stages of his life.

Prior to his former characters as Ennis Del Mar in the critically-acclaimed movie Brokeback Mountain, he managed to keep his masculine status despite his erotic love scene with fellow actor Jake Gyllenhaal. Before his acclaimed fame, he started in a low-budgeted movie Blackrock then tv assignments comes so suddenly. Then he was casted in films like The Patriot, A Knight’s Tale, Monster’s Ball, Ned Kelly and The Brothers Grimm. After the series of films made, he did Brokeback Mountain earning him a nod for Best Actor in the 2006 Oscar Awards.

Aside from his latter works, we can see him again in Tree of Life for 2008 and The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus set for 2009. He is known for his notorious relationshipwith the paparazzis to the point of squirting him with water guns while he was for the premiere of his movie. His relationship with Dawson Creek’s star Michelle Williams were great despite of their split leaving them best of friends and great parents for their daughter Matilda Rose. The ex-couple, was once engaged but due to their busy schedules decided to go separate ways. This only proves that he is just human after all.


Source by Cedric Canierro

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