Shekhar Kapur, who directed Heath Ledger within the 2002 conflict drama The 4 Feathers, has revealed that he spoke with the late actor hours earlier than he died of a drug overdose. The filmmaker mentioned that they have been supposed to fulfill on the day that the actor unexpectedly handed away.
“I labored with this improbable actor known as Heath Ledger and I did one among his first movies. I used to be in New York and we have been speaking a few movie we have been going to do – The 9 O’Clock Conflict – and he was going to do the lead function in it. We have been going to fulfill,” Shekhar mentioned throughout an Instagram stay with Manoj Bajpayee.
Nonetheless, their assembly was pushed, as Heath was feeling drained and jet-lagged. “He known as me and he mentioned, ‘Shekhar, thoughts if we don’t meet this night? I’m slightly jet-lagged. Let’s meet tomorrow.’ I mentioned okay. He mentioned, ‘Name me at 9.30, simply wake me up.’ At 9.30 within the morning, I felt, ‘Oh my God, I shouldn’t actually wake him up. He’s jet-lagged.’ Round 11.30, the pal I used to be staying with mentioned, ‘Shekhar, sit down, I’ve one thing to let you know. Heath Ledger is lifeless.’ I mentioned, ‘Hold on, I simply spoke to him.’ And he was gone,” Shekhar mentioned.
In 2008, Heath was discovered lifeless in his Manhattan condo, with a bottle of prescription sleeping drugs close to him. In line with the New York Metropolis health worker’s workplace, it was a case of unintended drug overdose.
The subject of Heath’s premature demise got here up as Shekhar was discussing Sushant Singh Rajput’s dying with Manoj. Manoj expressed his unhappiness with the evaluation of the dying, saying, “After I see the cacophony round me and other people looking for the rationale behind the suicide…everybody has their very own concept and we aren’t speaking concerning the contribution that he has made at such a younger age, the journey that he took and the place he reached…it’s leaving a really dangerous style in my mouth.” He added, “Why can’t we have fun the individual that he was?”
Shekhar felt that it was as a result of ‘a part of us loves drama’. He mentioned, “As a result of we’re within the film enterprise and any enterprise that has a excessive profile, folks search for drama. Proper now, we’re going by the part the place everyone is speaking, it’s dramatic. I’m hoping that the ‘dramaticness’ of all of it will go away… We’re short-term consideration span folks. That is what social media has made us. Gone are the times when the thoughts was settled however hopefully, in Sushant’s case, the thoughts will settle and when it settles, we’ll watch his movies many times and we’ll perceive what he dropped at this enterprise.”
The filmmaker went on so as to add that Heath is now remembered for his movies, performances and ‘the Joker (The Darkish Knight) he performed, which can be ever-memorable’.
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