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article imageDepp, Law, Farrell finally speak out about Ledger, Imaginarium

By David Silverberg     Dec 21, 2009 in Entertainment
Actors Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell have just released statements on their motivations behind filling the role left vacant by Heath Ledger in the film The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.
Heath Ledger's death halted production of Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus in February 2008. But the show must go on, and several elite Hollywood actor stepped up to fill the vacant role.
Ledger plays a sweet-talking huckster who meets a travelling "magic" show and gets involved with the daughter of an old man. As Digital Journal wrote in the review, picture The Adventures of Baron Munchausen meets Alice in Wonderland.
For the first time, Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell have released statements, obtained by Digital Journal, to the media about Ledger and working on the fantastical film (due for release Dec. 25).
Depp has only positive sentiments about the late actor: "He was the only player out there breathing heavy down the back of every established actors neck with a thundering and ungovernable talent that came up on you quick, hissing rather mischievously with that cheeky grin, 'hey... get on out of my way boys, I'm coming through...' and does he ever!"
On the film, Depp says, "'The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus' is a uniquely ingenious, captivating creation; by turns wild, thrilling and hilarious in all its crazed, dilapidated majesty."
Heath Ledger in his latest film
Ledger stars in The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus
© 2009 Davis Films / Infinity Features
Jude Law also stepped up to the challenge, and he says of the opportunity: "When I got the call, it was a double tug. I liked Heath very much as a man and admired him as an actor. To help finish his final piece of work was a tribute I felt compelled to make."
He adds: "To help Terry finish his film was an honour paid to a man I adore. I had a great time on the job."
Colin Farrell, who figures prominently in the last quarter of Imaginarium, admits "being part of this film was never about filling Heath’s shoes as much as seeing them across the finish line...More than anything though - more than the sadness and shock, the vulnerability and un-suredness as to whether it was right to complete the film or not - was an incredible sense of love."
Colin Farrell in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Colin Farrell in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
E1 Entertainment
Farrell goes on to commend the community of caterers, actors, electricians and make-up artists who came together "in a recognized sense of love and obligation, for and to, one of cinemas finest actors and most generous of men."
He notes how working on the film was "such a gift and an honor, from Heath, to be a part of the trail that he left behind."
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