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Better than good, decent

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I lamented last week that Heath Ledger was one of the really, really talented ones.

Turns out, according to director Chris Nolan, that he was also one of the truly decent ones:

One time, he and another actor were shooting a complex scene. We had two days to shoot it, and at the end of the first day, they’d really found something, and Heath was worried that he might not have it if we stopped. He wanted to carry on and finish.

It’s tough to ask the crew to work late when we all know there’s plenty of time to finish the next day. But everyone seemed to understand that Heath had something special and that we had to capture it before it disappeared. Months later, I learned that, as Heath left the set that night, he quietly thanked each crew member for working late. Quietly. Not trying to make a point, just grateful for the chance to create that they’d given him.

That sort of quiet, un-showy respect for others is rare, in or out of Hollywood.


Written by [IMH]

29 January 2008 at 12:19 pm

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