Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Heath Ledger

At the gym they have these huge tvs up front that run the captions at the bottom, so sometimes if I'm on the front row of treadmills I'll read along with what's happening on CNN. I wasn't paying too much attention yesterday since most of it was about the stock market, but I glanced up and saw the notice that Heath Ledger had been found dead. My jaw dropped open and I plugged my headphones into the treadmill so that I could turn it on and listen.

I have to say that of all the younger celebrities of my own generation there are a few that I would not be surprised to hear this kind of news over. I don't mean that in a terrible way, but I think you'd mostly agree that you can think of 1-2 famous people that we know are spiraling out of control. But this guy? I mean, he led a quiet life. He stayed out of the tabloids. You hardly heard a word about him unless he had a movie coming out.

I guess it's shocking too because this is the first famous person of my generation that I grew up watching that's died. I remember the first time I saw 10 Things I Hate about You and thought he was just the cutest thing ever... I even cut out an interview of him in Seventeen magazine to tape inside my closet door with other clippings. I remember seeing A Knight's Tale on a date. And I loved The Patriot.

It's just so sad when stuff like this happens. Even sadder is knowing that these things happen every day, but we often only hear about the famous people. I hope that someone can benefit in some positive way from this.

1 comment:

Sarah said...

I think you hit the nail on the head... it's affecting people in our generation strongly, because we associate him with our induction into pop culture awareness. I was in 8th or 9th grade when 10 Things I Hate About You came out, and he just seemed so cool, yet likeable. Then A Knight's Tale, then The Patriot-- all big movies when we were teenagers and going to see movies with friends and on dates.

Not to mention the fact that, yes, he wasn't exactly a "Britney Spears" or a "Lindsay Lohan" (I'll say it!). He led a quiet life, and he had that charming accent :) Anyway, I sure will miss him. At least his last complete project (The Dark Knight) is a sure hit and a memorable role.