'Knight' co-workers remember Ledger

June 30, 2008 at 9:26 PM
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LOS ANGELES, June 30 (UPI) -- Heath Ledger's co-stars in "The Dark Knight" recalled the late Australian actor as a doting dad, not a tortured soul, on the set of the new Batman flick.

Ledger, who reportedly plays a terrifying new version of the Joker in "Knight," died in January of an accidental prescription drug overdose. Ledger, 28, left behind a 2-year-old daughter, Matilda.

"Because he died people want a dark story (that) he was so obsessed with the character, he was so contaminated by the Joker and he couldn't sleep and all of that stuff," People.com quoted co-star Gary Oldman as saying. "In between takes he would sit on the curbside and smoke a cigarette, and laugh and talk about his daughter Matilda. I thought he was just wonderful."

"Heath showed me pictures of (Matilda) ... . (He) would come in and say she did this and she did that," added co-star Aaron Eckhart.

Director Christopher Nolan described working with Ledger as a "privilege."

"It's pretty amazing the disparity between the person he was and the monster that he created for us," Nolan said. "To see that being created from a this very gentle person is a real testament to his skill as an actor."

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