While Ledger passed away in 2008, he has made a lasting impression on all our lives, especially to those who knew him incredibly well. In a recent interview with NPR's Terry Gross, Jake Gyllenhaal touched upon just how much Heath Ledger made an impact on him.
The two acted in the heartfelt film Brokeback Mountain, which was shockingly released ten years ago (where does the time go?) Check out this heart-wrenching scene from the film below:
Gyllenhaal more or less said everything we have been feeling in regards to never being able to see him act again:
“I miss him as a human being and I miss working with him. What an unfortunate thing it is that we won’t be able to see the beauty of his expression.”
Gyllenhaal also admits that Ledger's death was the first time he experienced losing someone close to him. He tries to describe Ledger using the word "special," but also claims that it doesn't come close to representing just how special he really was.
Gyllenhaal also claims Ledger helped him rethink not only his work, but how he models his life.
“I’m trying to have relationships that are as real as they possibly can be on a movie set, be close to people because I know that it’s precious. And I know, not only can this career end in a very short period of time and this or that can happen, but that life is precious. I think losing Heath and being a part of a family that was something like the movie, the movie we all made together, makes you see that, makes you appreciate that and hopefully moves you away from the things that really don’t matter to the things that do.”
Perhaps we can all learn a few lessons here, including the fact that time is precious and we should really appreciate our loved ones as much as we can. We can also take away that we should stay away from what doesn't serve us and focus on what really matters in life.
R.I.P. Heath Ledger. Your fans miss you, as do your family and friends. We thankfully have your brilliant films, photos, and videos to help us remember just how incredible and immensely special you were and still are.
[Source: Entertainment Weekly]