Heath Ledger fans attending the San Diego Comic-Con got a peek at the late actor's final performance, in The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus.
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Before unveiling footage from the film on Thursday, filmmaker Terry Gilliam detailed how Ledger, fresh off the success of Brokeback Mountain, had approached him to participate in his no-so-big budget film.
Watch a preview clip with Ledger after the jump.
Heath Ledger's final performance was screened at the Cannes Film Festival with a special dedication to the late star.
Ledger stars as Tony, a man who befriends a mysterious theater troupe that can travel to fantasy worlds, in Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. Ledger died in January 2008 from an accidental overdose after completing a third of the film. Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law stepped in to play three incarnations of Ledger's character.
"I started calling friends — Johnny Depp, and he said ...
With all the fuss about Heath Ledger's Oscar-winning role as the Joker in The Dark Knight, it's easy to forget that the masterful performance wasn't his last. But the joke may be on fans who want to see the final frames of Ledger's career.
Ledger died on Jan. 22, 2008, in the middle of shooting Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, a fantasy about a travelling theater troupe. Ledger starred as a con man named Tony. Rather than let Ledger's death end the production, Gilliam completed the film using Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell to play different incarnations of the character. But even after all that, the film still has some obstacles to overcome before it can hit the big screen.
Parnassus, a $30 million production, has yet...
Ask FlickChick How did they finish The Dark Knight what did Mad Max drive and more movie questions answeredSend your movie questions to FlickChickQuestion I really miss the podcast -- cheer me up by answering this question please How did they finish The Dark Knight I thought Heath Ledger died in the middle of filming Thanks ShannonFlickChick Thanks for missing the podcast I miss doing itUnlike 1994s The Crow which was in the middle of principle photography when star Brandon Lee died in an on-set accident The Dark Knight was in post production at the time of Heath Ledgers sad and premature death So the filmmakers had all the footage they needed of Ledgers performance as the Joker in fact the actor already well into shooting his next project Terry Gilliams dark fantasy The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus Ledger was playing the role of Tony a performer in a travelling show whose proprietor Christopher Plummer sold his daughters soul to the dev
The last film that Heath Ledger was working on before his death, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, is back in production in Vancouver, according to the Reporter. Director Terry Gilliam and producers halted production when Ledger died Jan. 22. Now that the film's back in action, producers have also explained how Ledger's part will be handled, following the addition of three new actors. In a statement, they said, "Since the format of the story allows for the preservation of his entire performance, at no point will Heath's work be modified or altered through the use of digital technology. Each of the parts played by Johnny [Depp], Colin [Farrell] and Jude [Law] is representative of the many aspects of the character that Heath was playing." Anna DimondRelated: Depp, Law and Farrell to Replace Ledger?