Monday, February 04, 2008

bad dreams in the night (they hated you, they loved you too)

Just catching up on a few blogposts over lunch and saw this one by Pav's Cat.

I forgot to mention that while shopping for our food for the Maria Island leg, BB got a newsflash on his blackberry about Heath Ledger. It was quite surreal, sitting among the marsupials and knowing that the media was going crazy somewhere out of my reach. of course, it was all still raging when we emerged, and then again when we got back to comparable civilisation.

I was quite sad about his death. I'm a bit of a Heath fan, having followed him through the years. It's the pure Aussie larrikin in him. He's the sort of guy I'd have had a crush on in high school without him ever caring about my name. I'm still a bit wistful about him as I write this. I was looking forward to seeing him ripen over the years.

Did anyone see that article a few days ago -- I forget if it was The Australian or The Age -- about how American men are so soft these days that Hollywood has been turning to Australian men for their heroes? It was a nice little number, and talked a lot about Ten Things I Hate about You which is one of my fav Heath movies (and based on 'The Taming of the Shrew'; anyone who likes Alison Janney from West Wing might have fun watching it too).



chosha said...

Celebrities come and go, and I was surprised at how gutted I felt when I heard the news about Heath. I knew he was an unusual talent, but I'd never realised how emotionally invested I was in his career and personal happiness. It was a very surreal moment for sure. And of course he's one of ours, and a lovely one at that. (I also loved '10 Things'. Great movie.)

Dysthymiac said...

we must stop saying paparazzi and start calling them jackals.
Now it appears that the
so-called "LEDGER SNORTING COKE" VIDEO, IS NO SUCH THING, but was a trap he did not fall into.
Unfortunately, the many who read the false headlines, will never read the expose.
The media are evil, truly evil.
They created the mess Britney is in too.

Mummy/Crit said...

Oooh, similarly I was hit by the Heath news surprisingly hard.

I'm also a big Alison Janney fan (love WW, but love her most)

I'm so glad you're back, even if it's quick.

Fyodor said...

Isn't that (not-haha) funny? TTIHAY is also my favourite moofy of his, in which Julia Stiles was more impressive, IMHO. Can't say I was a huge fan of Heath*, but I felt/feel very sad for his young daughter.

* Perhaps it came from knowing the family connection - he comes from a family of Perth silvertails - but I've never found his larrikinism terribly convincing. Altogether too fey & too try-hard, which is ironic given your comments about US vs Australian men.

worldpeace and a speedboat said...

it's a huge shame when people's lives are cut way too short. I can't say I've been overly upset, shocked for sure, and I feel so sorry for his family and his little baby daughter. I think he was a great actor but never particularly 'connected' as such. my two faves were TTIHAY and Two Hands - man, what an intense movie. saw that one on the big screen and it damn near blew my head off.

I am glad to see you home safe and sound and enjoying reading your adventures - but what about the Annoying Tourists???