Reports that Ledger had become maniacal after filming the new Batman movie–in which he plays the Joker–have been blasted by those who worked with him shortly before his death.
Gary Oldman, who plays Lt. Jim Gordon in the film, reveals that, while filming, Ledger was in high spirits, slamming reports that he had mood swings, sleeping problems and difficult relationships with other cast members.
He tells People.com, “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.
“(But) 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 a beautiful kid. I thought he was just wonderful. I had a real affection for him.”
But Ledger was also passionate about his role in the film–and put all his energy into perfecting the part.
Ledger was found dead in his New York apartment in January. Toxicology reports released a month later stated he was killed by an accidental overdose of prescribed medication.
The Dark Knight is due in theaters later this month.
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