Tonight at 10:30 p.m. ET we are showing Terry Gilliam’s fantastical film “The Brothers Grimm.” The film stars Matt Damon and Heath Ledger as the titular brothers who are making the living as itinerant con men exorcising the very hauntings, possessions and general supernatural nuisances that they are themselves staging. It’s not glamorous, but it’s a living, right? But their bluff is called when a French general (Jonathan Pryce) conscripts them to find out who (or what) is behind the disappearances of several young girls from a small village. The residents suspect dark forces are at work, and it turns out they’re right – the kidnappings come courtesy of the Mirror Queen (Monica Bellucci), a witch who needs the girls’ blood to maintain her own beauty and immortality. The only thing that can save them is The Brothers Grimm and they very well may not be up to the task.
In Heath Ledger’s tragically abbreviated filmography, this film stands out as a role that Ledger played to the fullest. Ledger’s Jake is awkward, edgy, and full of right angles and nervous twitches. It’s clear that Ledger is having fun playing up the tics and fully incorporating them into the character. It’s the sort of fully-invested character acting that audience members came to expect from Ledger, whether it was the strong silent type of his role in “Brokeback Mountain” or the heart-rending ladykiller “Casanova.” Ledger was an increasingly brilliant actor and it’s just a shame that his life and career were both so sadly short.
Here are five of our favorite roles played by Heath Ledger. Gone too soon, man. Gone too soon:
5. Sonny in “Monster’s Ball”
4. Skip Engblom in “Lords of Dogtown”
3. Dan in “Candy”
2. Ennis in “Brokeback Mountain”
1. The Joker in “The Dark Knight”
“The Brothers Grimm” airs tonight at 10:30 PM ET; Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 10:15 PM ET; and Thursday, Nov. 8 at 10:15 PM ET