During the 90’s when Heath Ledger was making teen fluff like ‘Ten Things I Hate About you’ and ‘A Knight’s Tale’ I never imagined I’d watch any movie with his name in the credits. By the time he became a star thanks to his role in ‘Brokeback Mountain, I had officially gone well over a decade avoiding all things Heath Ledger.
When Heath was cast as the ‘Joker’ in the new Batman movie I was devastated. To me, Crispin Glover of ‘Back to the Future’ fame was born to play Batman’s nemesis but it was not meant to be and I would simply have to suck it up and wait for ‘The Dark Knight’ to make my final judgment. After seeing the theatrical trailer, it’s clear I belong nowhere near Hollywood.
Throughout the filming of the movie rumors began to swirl on “gossip sites” about Heath’s health and with less than a year before the film’s release, Heath Ledger was tragically found dead of an accidental overdose in his apartment. Many insiders who knew Heath believe that the role of the psychotic and evil ‘Joker’ is what did him in. Some went as far as suggesting that Heath tapped into the “darkside” to play the character.
With the movie’s release just around the corner some have reported about his doll’s immense popularity on eBay but far more valuable than a male Barbie to me would be Heath’s autograph. While there are more than a few of those on eBay, there is nothing greater in my opinion, than a Heath Ledger autograph on a promo shot from ‘The Dark Knight’.
Does that seem a bit too morbid for some? There are currently several Heath Ledger/The Dark Knight autographs on eBay selling for an average of $200. You can expect the price to double after the public gets a chance to watch Heath’s Oscar-buzz performance.