Despite his mature attitude to acting and what Terry Gilliam describes as an “old soul”, Ledger’s young side still came when confronted with the slog of promoting his movies.
Heath would sometimes ask for help to escape: ‘Can you call me at 5:15 so I can pick up the phone and get off this interview?’” says cinematographer Nicola Pecorini, who met Ledger on the set of The Order, befriended him, and recommended him to Gilliam.
“It was very funny, because he was like a big kid — you know, '’get me out of Science 101.’' He went along for the ride, but at times it was a bit too much for him.
He'd call me and say, '’can I come play with your kid?'’ My son at the time was 10, and Heath would come and spend hours playing soldiers with him, just to get away from everything.”