Did Heath Ledger want to quit The Dark Knight
In a rather baffling piece Vanity Fair has revealed Heath Ledger may in fact have wanted to leave the set and his role in The Dark Knight. In the article Vanity Fair states that Ledger actually took the job so as to have a break from doing other work. The actor knew the shoot would be a long one and actually had a pay or play deal which in essence means that no matter the outcome the actor would still in fact be compensated. It is in that regard that Ledger went so far over the top into A Clockwork Orange territory that assumed would not matter if he in fact would get fired as he would still be paid for the piece.
Among the piece the article states that the actor who had been suffering from insomnia had been taking sleep medication to combat the tiredness as well as learning techniques to stay awake after such lack of sleep. A friend and vocal coach for Ledger even stated: “From my perspective, and knowing him as well as I did, and being around him as much as I was, it was a combination of exhaustion, sleeping medication … and perhaps the aftereffects of the flu. I guess his body just stopped breathing.”
Among other things blamed for the Oscar winners sudden passing include his failed relationships with former girlfriend Michelle Williams,drug problems, and issues with his on again off again sobriety.
It is with odd timing that Vanity Fair chose to write the article as no anniversary of the actor or Dark Knight is on the horizon, it seems as though they may just be looking for some press and reactions to such a piece.