EW interviewed Ledger many times over the years, and his voice always came through loud and clear. A sampling.
''I hadn't been in front of a camera in a year, and I'm facing Mel
Gibson...I was delusional. But after one day I saw that Mel was
super-relaxed then it was a walk in the park.''
The Patriot 2000
''[Columbia] invested money in me in The Patriot and said, 'Okay...let's
get another product, let's promote it, and let's bring in the bucks.' Slightly f---ing frustrating.''
A Knight's Tale 2001
''It's deep, deep, deep. It's not a movie that teenagers are supposed to
come in and understand. It's, like, beyond that.''
The Four Feathers 2002
''[Director] Terry [Gilliam] gives you the freedom to just be eccentric
and to be bad. He allows you to be bad to the point where you find
brilliance. You feel like you can do anything and he just wants you to
go to absolute limits.''
The Brothers Grimm 2005
''Forget the gayness, forget the label. It's just two people. We both
knew that...and we were also up to doing it. We were like, f--- it. We
took on this story, there's no point in shying away from it now.''
Brokeback Mountain 2005
''I feel the topic [of drug use] has been overexposed through literature
and music and film of course, and I feel like we all know how to portray
a junkie at this point.''
''I'm definitely more excited about this than any other film I've been a
part of. I'm really curious to see how it turns out. It's either going
to be an absolute masterpiece, or [laughing] a complete flop.''
I'm Not There 2007
''I enjoy falling behind masks. I enjoy really dressing up and stepping
into someone else's shoes. I know it's going to require a wild dance,
and it's going to be really sinister and very dark. It's nothing I've
The Dark Knight 2008