Lesser-Known Facts About 'Joker' Heath Ledger Last Movie Which Was Undone Before His Death

Bhavna Acharya |Jun 23, 2020

It's been more than a decade since we said goodbye to the legendary Heath Ledger. Although he’s gone, his priceless legacy lives on. 

Praised as the best “Joker”, Heath Ledger is undeniably one of the key factors contributing to the remarkable success of “The Dark Knight”. While Heath Ledger The Dark Knight became a box-office hit and became his final complete role, not everyone knows about Heath Ledger last movie The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus which he had just done half-way before dying of cardiac arrest in 2008.

Today, let's talk about Heath Ledger last movie The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and how the film almost died with him. 

Heath Ledger last movie did a great job taking the audiences on a supernatural journey via the magic mirror that pushed our imaginations beyond the ordinary.

Heath Ledger last movie: The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, shot in 2008, was still in the production process when Heath Ledger unexpectedly passed away. It’s Director Terry Gilliam almost chucked up the sponge on the project when the incident happened. However, with the active support of his family and friends, Gilliam got the motivation to finish his fantasy film. Thanks to the assistance of Ledger pals and various A-listers including Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law, the movie eventually hit the theatre in 2009. 

The movie is a complex tale that follows a traveling troupe whose leader - Dr. Parnassus (Christopher Plummer) makes a deal with the devil in an effort to save his daughter Valentina. While her father strikes a new bargain with the devil, Valentia falls in love with a stranger named Tony (Ledger). Things start to blow up beyond imagination when Tony enters a mystical mirror of the troupe’s show. 

Heath Ledger last movie almost died as the actor died halfway on the marking of the movie.

Taking the role of the disgraced philanthropist - Tony, Heath Ledger had completed almost all of his scenes on the real-world side of the mirror by the time he died. The heartbreaking incident put a halt to the film production until they resumed it with the help of Depp, Law, and Farrell. They shared the role of Tony on the other side of the mirror. 

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus together with its awe-inspiring imaginary word also succeeded in awakening people’s curiosity in a very powerful way. Not only the magical world but also the death of Heath Ledger in its mid-production made audiences probably drawn in by curiosity. While the movie won the hearts of critics, it appeared to be too complex for mainstream viewers. For that reason, many people consider Heath Ledger last movie more appropriate for art-house audiences than for die-hard fans. 

It wasn't Heath Ledger The Dark Knight but The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is Heath Ledger last movie!

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is his last movie but definitely not his greatest one. Heath Ledger is such a real gem of Hollywood that when he passed away, the actor already left behind a significant body of work. Throughout his tragically short career, Ledger had achieved a huge amount of cinematic success that many others would dream of. Let’s go through 5 best movies from the legendary Heath Ledger.

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Heath Ledger best movies

15 years of an acting career is not a long time but the late actor was able to carve his niche int he industry and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus was Heath Ledger last movie among 20 movies he made. Here are some of the best movies from this Hollywood actor besides Heath Ledger Joker movie you might have heard about:

Heath Ledger's 10 Things I Hate About You is said to be one of his most romantic comedies of the '90s

10 Things I Hate About You

Although rom-com doesn’t exactly define Heath Ledger's acting career, his performance in “10 Things I Hate About You” is among his most memorable moments. Starring as a bad boy who is paid to make a date with an outcast girl, Heath Ledger did a great job elevating the movie from 90’s romantic fare.

A Knight's Tale is one of the movies Heath Ledger did before rising into the stardom of Hollywood

A Knight's Tale

Before becoming one of the most sought-after stars in Hollywood, he started to prove his credentials by taking the leading role in movies like A Knight’s Tale. Although the critics don't highly appreciate the storyline and its execution, people consider it audience friendly. Generally, the movie is pure fun that manages to hold people's interest.

Heath Ledger in a still from Monster's Ball

Monster's Ball

Ledger’s acting career began to turn over new leaf when he decided to step away from the typical protagonist and pursue the character actor’s path.

Monster's Ball follows a racist prison guard’s struggle when falling in love with a widow whose husband was executed by him. Heath Ledger made his appearance in the movie as the son of the prison guard. Although it is a supporting role, Ledger’s performance in Monster’s Ball marks a memorable milestone in his career.

Brokeback Mountain is a film about LGBT took the world by storm

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Ledger took his career to the next level and earned his well-deserved reputation when starring in Brokeback Mountain. The movie tells the story of two sheepherders who fall for each other and keep that hidden feeling for years. Praised for his excellent display of repressed vulnerability, Heath Ledger proudly received the first Oscar nomination of his career.

Many thought that The Dark Knight was Heath Ledger last movie but he had another movie undone before his death.

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The Dark Knight (2008)

At the very beginning, Christopher Nolan had to face enormous criticism for choosing Ledger for the role of Joker. It is also considered Heath Ledger last movie which was completed. His performance in the movie soon became the most significant proof that Nolan had made the right decision. The movie levitated not only to the “Batman” series but also the whole comic book movie line.

The extraordinary performance of Heath Ledger The Dark Knight has helped him win the prestigious Oscar award in 2009. It’s undeniable that his phenomenal role has traveled far beyond the movie itself and defined his whole career. 

Apart from the above movies, the Australia actor also featured in many other movies like Clowing Around (1995),  Two Hands (1999), A Knight's Tale (2001) and Cnady (2006) and the list won't be completed without Heath Ledger last movie The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009). There is no doubt that all of his films are true masterpieces.

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