The producers of Heath Ledgerâ€™s final movie are promising his fans that they will not alter or change in any way his scenes in the film. Immediately following the January 22 death of the young actor production was halted on â€œThe Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassusâ€ until its creators could determine if the show could go on without its lead actor. Three contemporaries of Heathâ€™s soon volunteered to finish the movie in his honor, Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell. Because of the fantastical nature of the movieâ€™s story the three new leading men can each take over Ledgerâ€™s role and give their interpretation of the performance. “Since the format of the story allows for the preservation of his entire performance, at no point will Heath’s work be modified or altered through the use of digital technology. Each of the parts played by Johnny, Colin and Jude is representative of the many aspects of the character that Heath was playing,” read a statement released by the production this week.
It means that Ledgerâ€™s final work can eventually be seen by audiences. “I am delighted that Heath’s brilliant performance can be shared with the world,â€ said the filmâ€™s director Terry Gilliam. â€œWe are looking forward to finishing the movie and, through the film, with a modicum of humility, being able to touch people’s hearts and souls as Heath was able to do.â€
Filming resumed this week on â€œThe Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassusâ€.