Ever since Heath Ledger’s death in 2008, people have been spreading this rumor claiming it was his Oscar-winning role as the Joker that pushed him over the edge. The rumors claim the role put too much stress on him, which led to him overdosing on drugs.
There are even some people who claim Ledger basically became the Joker, even in his real life, and it was hard for him to come back to reality after filming ended.
But Ledger’s sisters, Kate and Ashleigh, claim those rumors are not true. They attended a screening of I Am Heath Ledger (the new documentary about the late actor) and talked to Entertainment Weekly about their brother.
They called the speculation “so not true,” and added that their brother was not depressed about his role. They said it was actually the opposite, “[Ledger] had an amazing sense of humor, and I guess maybe only his close family and friends really knew that, but he was having fun.”
His friends and family agree with Kate and Ashleigh. Ledger obviously had some problems, but they were not related to his role as the Joker.
I Am Heath Ledger will premiere on Spike TV May 17. If you miss it then, it’ll be released on DVD/Blu-ray just one week later on May 23.