The last film Heath Ledger was in before his untimely death was just screened at the Cannes Film Festival. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus premiered today at the festival in France.
Because of the timing, Heath only completed half of his performance in the film. But director Terry Gilliam promised to finish the movie, by casting Jude Law, Johnny Depp, and Colin Farrell to play different versions of Heath’s character.
Gilliam said, "Fortunately, I was surrounded by really good people who insisted that I couldn't be such a lazy bastard and that we had to go out and find a way of finishing the film for Heath.”
"What I thought was interesting was to watch people filling the void that Heath left. Everybody was just growing to make sure that there was no void left in the space that Heath had left us."
Gilliam also added that Jude, Johnny, and Colin all accepted the roles knowing they wouldn’t be paid much on the film. He said, "They're all doing other films, they're involved in other projects, and they came to the rescue of this thing. They did it solely, basically, for nothing. The money they would have been paid went to Matilda, Heath's daughter. To me, they're the real heroes."
Heath continues to leave behind a real legacy to both his fellow actors, and the people who go to see his movies. We can’t wait for this to come out in theaters!