Heath Ledger is dead. Which is a great shame really. Whether, as initial reports suggested, he died of a drugs overdose in Mary-Kate Olson’s apartment or, after the initial story-mongering, in his own flat of an overdose of sleeping tablets, we’ve lost an actor who was genuinely worth watching.
But why does this keep happening to Terry Gilliam? He’s had Baron Munchausen, Brazil, Don Quixote, Brothers Grimm and now The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus all fall into disarray. Parnassus, which Ledger was currently shooting with Gilliam, now has the financier’s sword of damocles hanging over its head. But at least the death of its highest profile star is more (yes, more) recoverable from than the problems Don Quixote had. They made an entire documentary out of that one.