The actor who wanted to last

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When you learn the shock news of Heath Ledger’s death, in a bed with sleeping pills close at hand, it’s hard to stop your mind wandering to his lead role in the Aussie movie Candy. Playing a troubled young drug addict he shone, as he did in all of the diverse roles into which he threw himself. This eclectic range of parts was deliberate – he was desperate not be typecast as a teen heart-throb. And it was a serious risk after his breakout role in Aussie gangster movie Two Hands led to 10 Things I Hate About You, a blockbuster teen romantic comedy. The sudden and shocking end to his life is all the more tragic because of what was almost certainly still to come. Read on…

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20 Responses to “The actor who wanted to last”

  1. Tom Says:

    And now, surprise surprise, there comes a murmuring from the religious of America that will no doubt make you more than a little sick to the stomach.

  2. Tim Says:

    I know it really is an only in america thing isn’t it.

  3. Tim Says:

    The problem is everytime anyone repeats a homophobic slur they don’t realise they perpetuate these views. It’s very sad.

  4. Tim Says:

    not to be too earnest or anything…. 😉

  5. Tim Says:

    Hey what about this one, run by the same, people

  6. Natalie Brown Says:

    I couldn’t agree more…It makes me sick to the stomach these people think it is acceptable to protest at a person’s funeral or memorial service, and believe it is the right thing to do! Unfortunately, only one of the hypocritical aspects of these over zealous religous groups.

  7. Tim Says:

    Yeah I know. I think it helps to have the extremes so starkly depicted though so we can more easily see out own shades of grey.

  8. Tim Says:

    Not to get too deep or anything.

  9. Natalie Says:

    I like your thinking actually as it is so easy to become angry and behave in a similar way, something which we need less of…better seen as an opportunity to practice our tolerance and make the world a better place. Definately have to try now they are saying Australia is full of sodomites..Muppets!! Nothing wrong with getting deep…

  10. Tom Says:

    I like how they refer to their brand of hate speech as “Gospel preaching against fags”, and we’re all supposed to give them respect because that’s just their belief system. And then they try and accuse the homosexual community of being privileged. I can imagine how fast someone would be arrested for hate speech without the facade of religious belief.

  11. Tim Says:

    How they can refer to themselves as Christians I don’t know.

  12. Tim Says:

    It’s like other Christian sects trying to tell us Christ wanted us to be rich…and that we should make as much money as possible…when he lived a life of poverty.

  13. Tim Says:

    It just shows you any belief system can be kneaded to suit the prejudices and whims of any individual or group.

  14. Tim Says:

    Christianity seems to be particularly good – look at the divergence – from the quakers to dietrich bonhoeffer from fred nile and brian houston to fr frank brennan.

  15. Tom Says:

    I’ve heard it said (and strangely find myself agreeing), that they’re the best Christians there are. I mean, if you’re going to believe that there is a God, and that the Bible is His literal word, the least you can do is follow it to the letter. Incestuous, homophobic evangelists are a natural extension of what’s printed in the old King James. I’ve done a little research on these guys, and they really do know their stuff. I don’t know whether that makes the situation better or worse, however.

  16. Tim Says:

    It’s interesting what you’re saying. You’re saying at least they have the courage of their faith – they don’t bend and re-interprate whenever the secular world takes society in a direction that contradicts their doctrine.

  17. Tim Says:

    it’s funny also because if you’re any kind of a thinker you can usually find something in the other person’s ideas, however extreme, that you can respect or on which you stand on common ground.

  18. Tim Says:

    It’s like, for me, a Liberal Party member. I disagree with their outlook on life and view of the human condition. But on another at least they care enough about our body politic to participate in it. Are the proactively apathetic more of an affront to me I wonder? Perhaps so.

  19. Tom Says:

    I just know for certain that if I personally believed in the Abrahamic lord, I’d never dream of not following any parts of the gospel of my choice, when picking and choosing could easily earn you an eternity in an Aethereal afterlife of agony, all alliteration aside. Now that is too big a risk to take. When you’re dealing with something like an all-powerful (and by all accounts, vengeful) God, probably best not to take a chance.

    Interesting point on the Libs. I suppose I’ve always felt that way, but never actively considered it as such.

  20. Natalie Says:

    I am all for people believing whatever they want, and like you said you must respect their dedication to stand up for and abide by what they believe..much the same as the extremists who blow up themselves up as they have such a belief in a cause. Their faith is to be admired..their actions not! It lacks respect and tolerance for what others believe, and have the right to do so. If we all thought the same the world would be a terrible place…we would be heading to a world of Big Brother (and not your kind Tim more a la 1984)!! If they acted on the words of love and kindness from the bible/koran etc rather than elements of hate I would like to what would happen!

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