Say what you want about “Hollywood Values.” This is a pretty great thing to do.
The trio of actors who replaced Heath Ledger in his final film have donated their fees for the movie to the late star’s young daughter.
Jude Law, Colin Farrell and Johnny Depp all signed up to take on Ledger’s character in Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.
Gilliam said: “They didn’t take money – it goes to Heath’s daughter.”
… Gilliam said: “The great thing about it was when Heath died those three actors came along and saved the day. It’s now four actors creating one character….
“The three actors were totally heroic coming in because this doesn’t happen very often, where there is a tragedy and very famous and successful actors come in and say OK we’ll do whatever it takes to help. To be part of that is wonderful.”
Although Ledger had not updated his will to include his daughter Matilda or his ex-partner Michelle Williams, his family promised that she would be an “absolute priority”.
I don’t know what they’re salaries were for this film, but these guys pull down some significant bucks. Depp, as of 2006, commanded $15 million per picture. Law pulled in $9.5 million for Closer in 2004. And Farrell banked $10 million in 2006. I don’t know what Ledger’s salary was, or how much these guys were paid for The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, but I think they ought to be applauded for this, as well as for their performances.