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Heath Ledger Had 'Zero To Two Hours Sleep' A Night For Years

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Heath Ledger Had 'Zero To Two Hours Sleep' A Night For Years

A new documantary exploring intimate useen footage of Heath Ledger has unearthed previously unknown information about the movie star.

One such fact is that Ledger used to get by on 'zero or two hours a night for years' and would often 'call people up in the middle of the night'.

Co-director of I am Heath Ledger (alongside Adrian Buitenhuis), Derik Murray, revealed that Ledger would often turn up unannounced for breakfast at 6am. This was due to Ledger's apparent inability to turn off his manic energy and get to sleep. It seems that this was a problem that plagued him for years.

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There were some concerns regarding the documentary being made initially. Ledger's longtime friend, Matt Amato, was worried that Ledger wouldn't have wanted to be the subject of a documentary. Amato, who co-founded a production company called The Masses with Ledger, said: "Heath was very private. He didn't even like any of that behind-the-scenes stuff, like DVD extras,

"He really loved being a magician. I can just hear him - he'd be like, 'Matt, don't! That takes the fun out of what we do! Let's just put on the show!'"

However, nine years have passed since Ledger's death, and Amato agreed to open up to the documentary makers about their friendship. The 28-year-old was found face down in his New York City apartment on 22 January 2008 after taking a mix of drugs, including oxycodone, diazepam, hydrocodone and doxylamine.

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It all happened just a few months after finishing filming for The Dark Knight, in which he played The Joker so memorably that he won the best performance for a supporting actor at the 2009 Oscars. He was the second person to ever be given this award posthumously.

Murray explained: "When we started, we certainly did not know the depth of this incredible archive,

"We knew Heath had started this company with Matt where he was directing music videos. But we quickly realized this was something that was very deep in Heath's soul - he had a passion for photography, for film. He essentially documented his life."

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New York Post reports that the documentary includes interviews with former girlfriend Naomi Watts, musician Ben Harper, directors Ang Lee and Catherine Hardwicke, and actors Djimon Hounsou, Ben Mendelsohn and Emile Hirsch.

There are also home videos, shot by Ledger himself, which span from his teens up until a few days prior to his death.

I Am Heath Ledger will be premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 23 before being made available on Spike TV on May 17.

Featured Image Credit: PA Images

Topics: Sleep, Documentary, Heath Ledger

Mel Ramsay
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