Heath Ledger: Oscar Worthy or a Call for Sobriety?
You really can’t take an “accidental mix of prescription drugs” unless you accidentally forgot that you took them all!
I don’t agree with the writer of a recent Los Angeles Times piece that basically says an academy award should not go to any actor that commits suicide through drugs or alcohol.
So, Ledger may have been a pill head. I haven’t seen Dark Knight, but the clips alone show a fine performance…maybe even worthy of an academy award.
What I do agree with is that it’s best we don’t glorify alcohol and drugs. The damage to society is larger than we can comprehend.
Eric P. Lucas writes:
It’s time to stop the canonization of Heath Ledger. He’s not a tragic hero. He’s not a beautiful martyr. He’s just a pretty good actor who did away with himself and broke the hearts of his family and friends, and he shouldn’t get an Academy Award to memorialize his death.
Ledger’s brief career culminated in his portrayal of the Joker in ” The Dark Knight,” a role that at first seems compelling (“mesmerizing,” critics have fawned) but ultimately devolves into a can-can dance of snuffling pseudo-psychopathia. It has all the subtlety of a hangover — exactly what I’d expect from someone who headed home every night to a pill party. Still, “The Dark Knight” has soared to unprecedented success, and Ledger’s name is mentioned incessantly for an Oscar.
People of every walk of life die from drugs and alcohol, but only a celebrity’s death gets so heated in a devil’s crucible of public sentiment that it is transformed into posthumous glory. And such adulation begets a mass social hysteria that continues the cycle.