A few years ago, I got up the nerve to post some of my writing online and had a faithful reader comment that she saw the hero I'd written being played by Heath Ledger. At the time I'd never seen him so I rented A Knight's Tale and had the time of my life. Now it's not a serious movie, it's got a jousting scene with We Will Rock You as the theme song, for Pete's sake. But yes, I could see Heath as the hero of my story. And since he's been in a string of movies, including another favourite of mine - Casanova , and one that's not such a favourite but I have to admit he really deserved his Oscar-nomination for Brokeback Mountain.
So I was both shocked and saddened this afternoon to read that Heath Ledger died this afternoon at the young age of 28. All that talent, just gone.