The Juice* says goodbye to Heath Ledger

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January

I'm not going to lie to you, dear readers -- Heath Ledger's death has me pretty bummed out. I could spend all day trying to round up details of the talented 28-year-old actor's funeral (which we'll update at some point), but we at The Juice* would rather bring you the good times, courtesy his movies ...

Long before roles as Casanova, Ennis Del Mar and the Joker came along, I first remember seeing him in 2000's The Patriot, acting and looking for all the world like Mel Gibson's son. In fact, I had a distinct feeling that he was one day going to be a big star.

Mrs. Juice*, of course, recalls him earlier as Patrick in 1999's 10 Things I Hate About You, a performance my little former high-school soccer player describes as awful, but says Heath was hot enough to make up for it. And really, how can you go wrong trying to win over Julia Stiles with a Frankie Valli song?

But 2001's A Knight's Tale, a delightfully anachronistic yarn that has enjoyed heavy rotation on TNT (and therefore, repeated viewings on the Juice* family television), somehow captures his essence as an actor: fun-loving, out of the ordinary and pretty enjoyable.

And to tell you the truth, David Bowie's Golden Years never sounded better than it does today.

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