Here are 10 controversial quotes from Heath Ledger
- “I’m not good at future planning. I don’t plan at all. I don’t know what I’m doing tomorrow. I don’t have a day planner and I don’t have a diary. I completely live in the now, not in the past, not in the future.” Ledger said this in an interview with IMDb, revealing his spontaneous and carefree approach to life. Some people admired his attitude, while others criticized him for being irresponsible and reckless.
- “I only do this because I’m having fun. The day I stop having fun, I’ll just walk away.” Ledger said this in an interview with Vanity Fair in 2000, expressing his passion and enjoyment for acting. He also said that he did not care about fame or money, and that he would quit if he ever felt bored or unhappy with his career.
- “I believe that whatever doesn’t kill you, simply makes you… stranger.” Ledger delivered this line as the Joker in The Dark Knight, one of his most iconic and acclaimed roles. He played the psychotic and anarchic villain with such intensity and charisma that he won a posthumous Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. However, some people speculated that his immersion into the dark and twisted character contributed to his depression and eventual death.
- “If you make decisions based upon people’s reactions or judgments then you make really boring choices.” Ledger said this in an interview with News.com.au, explaining his philosophy of choosing challenging and diverse roles that interested him, rather than following trends or expectations. He said that he liked to surprise himself and the audience with his performances.
- “I think the most common cause of insomnia is simple; it’s loneliness.” Ledger said this in an interview with The New York Times in 2007, opening up about his struggle with sleeplessness and anxiety. He said that he had been suffering from insomnia since he was a teenager, and that he often relied on prescription drugs to help him sleep. He also said that he felt lonely and isolated in Hollywood, and that he missed his family and friends in Australia.
- “I’m not there to make friends.” Ledger said this in an interview with The Guardian in 2005, referring to his attitude towards working with other actors on set. He said that he preferred to keep a distance from his co-stars, and that he did not socialize or party with them. He said that he was there to do his job, and that he did not want to get distracted or influenced by others.
- “There is no Yoda-there’s no one who points you in the right direction. You’ve got to figure that out by yourself.” Ledger said this in an interview with Interview Magazine in 2007, talking about his lack of mentors or role models in the film industry. He said that he had to learn everything by trial and error, and that he did not have anyone to guide him or advise him on his career choices.
- “I’m not afraid of death.” Ledger said this in an interview with Rolling Stone in 2005, discussing his views on mortality and spirituality. He said that he did not believe in any religion or afterlife, and that he accepted death as a natural part of life. He also said that he was curious about what would happen when he died, and that he hoped to leave behind a legacy of good work.
- “I feel like I’m wasting time if I repeat myself.” Ledger said this in an interview with The New York Times in 2007, explaining why he always sought out different and challenging roles. He said that he did not want to play the same type of character over and over again, and that he wanted to explore new genres and styles of acting. He also said that he wanted to grow and evolve as an actor and as a person.
- “Don’t let anyone ever make you feel you don’t deserve what you want.” Ledger said this as Patrick Verona in 10 Things I Hate About You, one of his first Hollywood movies and a teen comedy classic. He played a rebellious and charming high school student who falls in love with a smart and independent girl played by Julia Stiles. The movie was a hit with critics and audiences alike, and launched Ledger’s career as a leading man