Heath Ledger put his finger on the trigger of a long and successful career in Hollywood when he accidentally overdosed in 2008, leaving fans, friends and family to imagine what might have happened.
Celebrity photographer Ben Watts, who photographed the Australian actor many times before he died at the age of 28, said, “The world is your limit with someone of this nature. And what he has done is unbelievable.” It was nothing,” he said.
Fourteen years after the death of the “Brokeback Mountain” star, Watts is releasing a never-before-seen photo of Ledger as a limited edition non-fungible token (NFT). “This body of work is one of my all-time favorites of his,” said Watts.
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Watts, 55, from Chelsea, met Leisure at a New York restaurant through her sister, actress Naomi Watts, who dated the actor for two years after they met on the set of the 2003 film Ned Kelly.
In a 2004 interview magazine assignment, Watts took skateboard enthusiast leisure to the Los Angeles River.
“We were freeboarding back and forth on our skateboards, and I was behind him, towing him,” he explained. “In some shots you can see me holding the tow rope and he grabbing it. He loved it.”
Born in London and raised in Australia, Watts, who moved to New York in 1995, also shot promotional shots for “Ned Kelly.” Among them was a shot of Ledger pointing his finger at his head like a gun.
“I didn’t give it much thought,” Watts said of the eerie snap. “Sometimes I do that to myself when I’m completely stressed out or feeling awkward.”
Two puppies adopted by Ledger and Naomi Watts, Ned and Bob, found another photo among 15 images for sale on MakersPlace, an NFT marketplace, starting Sept. 14.
Proceeds will be donated to the Heath Ledger Foundation. The Heath Ledger Foundation was set up to provide scholarships to emerging Australian actors following the death of the ‘Knight’s Tale’ star.
Watts also noted that the actor, who won a posthumous Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for playing the Joker in “The Dark Knight,” was very enthusiastic about the photoshoot process.
“I do a lot of celebrity portraits,” he said. “And it’s not always their favorite thing.”