Andrew (Heath) Ledger was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. His family in Australia owned the Ledger Engineering Foundry. From his biography:
“The Ledger name was well-known in Perth, the family having run a foundry that provided much of the raw material for the famous Perth to Kalgoorlie Pipeline … The Sir Frank Ledger Charitable Trust, named after Heath’s great-grandfather, was renowned for granting funds to the area’s universities, paying for visiting lecturers and scholarships for gifted students.” – Dominic Wills
Like all members of the 1% club, he was free to pursue his love of acting unfettered with trivial things like paying for bills, rent, etc… Or even for prescription drugs which caused his death. Or was it partly due to his own claim that the exhaustion of movie-making in such roles as The Dark Knight in which he presented the well-worn role of “The Joker” in a brilliant new fashion? His death was mourned by millions of people around the world.
But, I’m happy to report that Heath Ledger is alive and well. All reports of his death were grossly exaggerated… or should I say, fabricated? In the latest installment of the Batman movie franchise, his performance as “Blake” is a surprisingly good one. From IMDB:
A hard-nosed young Gotham beat cop who is secretly helping Batman to bring down the super-villain known as Bane. In the end after the Batman fakes his own death and retires, Blake takes over Batman’s mantle as Gotham’s watchful guardian. His full name starts with, Robin. John Blake is a fictional character played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt from the 2012 film The Dark Knight Rises. He works for the Gotham City Police Department as a detective.
John Blake is a young Gotham cop, raised in a boy’s home sponsored by Wayne Enterprises after both his parents die. He is very independent and will take risks/disobey orders to do the right thing. Near the film’s end he discovers the bat cave under Wayne Manor after Bruce Wayne’s departure from Gotham. His full name is revealed to include “Robin.”
There is another reason why the director spends a great deal of time on this character: he is played by a good actor. You may think I am mistaken, that it is not Ledger but Joseph Gordon-Levitt who is playing the role.
Technically you would be correct, but in reality, the Hollywood role Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Heath Ledger are played by the same, extremely gifted actor, whose real identity we may never know. So I will refer to him as Heath Ledger.
Once you are aware of who Joseph Gordon-Levitt is behind the mask, you will find that his dialogue in this movie is laced with double meanings.