Earlier today, we posted an article regarding the lack of promotion for Heath Ledger‘s final film, The Imaginarium of Doctor Paranssus. The movie not only features the actor’s last performance but includes an amazing supporting cast with the likes of Christopher Plummer, Johnny Depp, and Jude Law. Depp and Law were two of the three actors who stepped in to replace Ledger in order for director Terry Gilliam to complete the film, and both recently spoke out about their experience working on Parnassus.
Jude Law has always been a fan of Gilliam’s work so he felt honored in more ways than one to take on a part in his latest film. The fact that he was working with a creative genius, while honoring Ledger was icing on the cake for the British actor. He respected Ledger and believes that his career deserved a proper send off.
“To help finish his final piece of work was a tribute I felt compelled to make. To help Terry finish his film was an honor paid to a man I adore. I had a great time on the job. Though we were all there in remembrance, Heath’s heart pushed us with great lightness to the finish.”
Johnny Depp has worked with Gilliam before and knows about the tedious task of finishing a film in the midst of controversy. He describes Parnassus as a “uniquely ingenious, captivating creation” that he’s proud to be a part of. He feels that Ledger was one of the few younger actors who could really give veterans like himself a run for their money.
He was the only player out there breathing heavy down the back of every established actors neck with a thundering and ungovernable talent that came up on you quick, hissing rather mischievously with that cheeky grin, “hey… get on out of my way boys, i’m coming through…” and does he ever!!!
He went on to say that he and his cohorts, Law and Colin Farrell hoped to have done “Master Ledger” proud with their contributions to his final work.
Though the circumstances of my involvement are extremely heart-rending and unbelievably sad, I feel privileged to have been asked aboard to stand in on behalf of dear Heath.”
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus opened in limited theaters on Christmas Day and will hopefully open in wide release in the coming months so everyone can see the film.
Is Doctor Parnassus playing in your city? Do you plan on seeing the film?