Heath Ledger: patriot, teenager, and knight | EW.com


Heath Ledger: patriot, teenager, and knight

We talk to the ''Patriot'' star about his diverse series of roles

Moment of Arrival Opposite Mel Gibson in the Revolutionary War flick The Patriot.
How He Got the Part He landed the role despite an audition gone awry: ”I walked out…. I was doing a lousy job, and I was boring myself.” Director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin disagreed — and gave him a second shot.
Previous Jobs After leaving his hometown of Perth, Australia, at 16, Ledger made his acting debut as a gay character on the Australian TV show Sweat. Yanks know him from 1999’s 10 Things I Hate About You.
What Fame Has Brought Comparisons to Steve McQueen. But, he says, ”If you start believing in that stuff, you start thinking you’re a ‘star.”’
What’s Next A medieval swashbuckler, tentatively titled A Knight’s Tale, and The Four Feathers.
What’s With All the Period Pieces? Coincidence — and irresistible scripts: ”Believe me, I would love to just put on a pair of jeans.”