Five Favorite Heath Ledger Roles


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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”

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“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

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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