Mad Director: Final Ledger Film ‘Madness’
You know that when Terry Gilliam says something was “madness”, it must have been pretty intense. The ex-Python turned legendary director spoke for the first time about finishing The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus after star Heath Ledger died half way through. The actor was working on the film when he was found dead in his New York apartment following an accidental overdose of prescription drugs, and Jude Law, Johnny Depp and Colin Farrell had to step in to finish his role in a series of dream sequences.
The film, which follows the leader of a travelling theatre troupe which takes audience members through a magical mirror to explore their imaginations, was apparently “madness…trying to rescue a film with Heath dying in the middle of it. But I think the sheer pressure of having to do something made us just go for it. You couldn’t double-think anything, you just make some decisions, jump in and hope it worked.” Gilliam insists, however, that it does. We hope he’s right…the Imaginarium looks pretty awesome.