Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Ode to Heath

By this point, all you web surfers have read and seen the tragic news of the death of actor Heath Ledger. I feel compelled to add my blubbering to all the web news out there on this subject.

Being a twenty something know it all girl, I spent the end of my teenage years being introduced to the wonderful talent of the Australian born thespian. Who could resist the long wavy locks, brawny jaw, and delicious down under accent of the young Heath Ledger in "10 Things I Hate About You?"

Regardless of Ledger's striking manly looks, his acting talents have made him the well respected actor that he was. It was important to Ledger to challenge himself with his acting roles and to choose roles with depth. His acting abilities and his diverse resume grew as we all looked on with joy and respect.

My opinion and awe of Heath matured as I matured while watching his acting roles in "The Patriot," "A Knight's Tale," "The Lords of Dogtown," and of course "Brokeback Mountain." It saddens me to know that there are people out there who will never appreciate the talent it took to portray the roles that Ledger and Gyllenhal acted so well. Regardless of your opinions of the subject, you need to delve a bit deeper into your issues of respect and humanity.

Heath Ledger's death is a shocking and tragic loss for his family, the acting community, and his devoted fans. His talents will be missed as well as his brawny face and sexy Aussie accent.

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