Heath's Replacements Give Movie Money to Matilda


Aug. 19 2008, Published 2:00 p.m. ET

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When Heath Ledger passed away of an accidental overdose in January he left his last movie role in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus unfinished. Luckily three talented actors signed on to finish the role Heath started, playing versions of his character: Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell.

But instead of pocketing the money they made on the movie, the actors are giving the money to Heath’s daughter with Michelle Williams,  Matilda Rose Ledger, to make sure she will be provided for, according to director Terry Gilliam. The only copy of Heath’s will was written before Matilda was born, therefore there is no provision made for her in it.

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    "They didn't take money – it goes to Heath's daughter,” says Terry. "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."

    All three actors are also family men: Johhny is a father of two, Jude has four children, and Colin has a son.


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