One man's death is another's opportunity. Tom Cruise wanted to turn Heath Ledger's death into an opportunity for himself - namely, to land a role in Terry Gilliam's Imaginarium of Dr. Whateverthefuck - but thankfully for everyone, Gilliam told Cruise no.
"I know there was a period when Tom's agents were keen," Gilliam explained. "The thing is, I was only interested in people who were friends of Heath. Simple as that. I wanted to keep it in the family."
So Gilliam ended up casting multiple actors, including Johnny Depp and Jude Law, to fill Ledger's shoes. Leaving Tom crying in his Niacin.
Sunday, September 06, 2009