Seldom does a film composer take to the stage of a music festival and rock the hell out of it. That is what took place at Coachella this month. As Hans Zimmer condensed the best of his work from 2008's The Dark Knight and played it to the adoring fans.
Working alongside James Newton Howard for the monumental Christopher Nolan epic, Zimmer's score will bring memories flooding back from the title. Who knew an orchestra could kill like this at Coachella?
Kate Ledger: My Brother Enjoyed Making DK
Ahead of the documentary I Am Heath Ledger airing on Spike TV on May 17, Heath Ledger's sister Kate wanted to put to bed some of the rumors about her late sibling. Passing away from an accidental drug overdose just months after wrapping shooting on The Dark Knight in 2008, Kate explained that Heath was in great spirits during production.
“Everything that came to light about the Joker, we were all so confused," she said. "So not true... Honestly, it was the absolute opposite. He had an amazing sense of humor, and I guess maybe only his close family and friends really knew that, but he was having fun. He wasn’t depressed about the Joker.”
Reprising his role as Commissioner Gordon from the 2005 original Batman Begins, Englishman Gary Oldman admitted that he had doubts about Ledger's ability to make the character work. Those reservations quickly disappeared.
“I kind of raised my eyebrow at the casting and thought, ‘Oh, I wonder how that will be,'” recalled Oldman. “But any concerns that one may have had vanished when you got on the set with him. I did a couple of scenes with Heath in the first leg of the shoot in London. I called a friend and he said, ‘How’s Heath?’ I said, ‘He’s breathtaking. He’s going to be astounding.’ I could tell just working for five minutes with him.”
Heath Should Be Celebrated, Not Speculated About
Executive producer for I Am Heath Ledger Matt Amato told Entertainment Weekly that innuendo and chatter about depression and the role the Joker had to play in his death diminished the man that had perished.
“I hope it’s an antidote to a lot of the gossip that exists in the world. And there’s some really terrible things about Heath out there,” he said. “I think one just came out, and I haven’t seen it and I never will, but I know it’s bad. And if we could provide an antidote in our culture to something like that, and I think everyone’s life should be celebrated. Your life, your life, my life, everybody’s life, should be celebrated. Heath is a celebrity and in the public eye, and I felt like some corrections needed to be made. But in terms of a film as a tribute, I think everybody deserves that. And I know Heath definitely felt that way about people.”
Ledger won a posthumous Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor at the 2008 Oscars for his role as the Joker.