Actress Michelle Williams decided just before filming that she could not star in a film inspired by the loss of her late fiancé and actor Heath Ledger.
The actress ultimately decided not to take on the role in ‘Blood’ because it was “still a little too close for her” following the death of The Dark Knight star and the father of her 16-year-old daughter Matilda. who died of an accidental overdose at the age of 28 in 2008, femalefirst.co.uk reports.
Bradley Rust Gray, the film’s director and a friend of Heath Ledger, told Entertainment Weekly: “As we got ready to shoot the film, she realized it was all a little too close for her, and she bowed politely. from.”
Michelle Williams was set to play Chloe, who travels to Japan after her husband dies and reconnects with an old friend and the idea of falling in love again, and ‘Blade Runner 2049’ star Carla Juri took her place.
Rust Gray added that he and Michelle both “shared the weight” of Ledger’s death.
He said, “We both shared this weight, of death, and the feeling that you always carry that weight with you when someone close to you dies.”
The film, about their struggle with grief, has already won the Special Jury Award for Uncompromising Artistic Vision at the Sundance Film Festival 2022.
The Academy Award winner met Heath Ledger, who she parted with in 2007, while they were working opposite each other on the 2005 Ang Lee film “Brokeback Mountain,” and Williams previously spoke about how the loss “changed” her in 2011.
She said: “Now, my life, our life, has sort of repaired itself. (Heath Ledger’s death has) changed how I see the world and how I interact on a daily basis. It has changed the parent I am. It has changed the friend I am. It has changed the kind of work I really want to do.
“It has become the lens through which I see life – that it is all ephemeral.”
The movie star has since been married to Thomas Kail, who is best known for directing the Broadway hit “Hamilton,” and the couple welcomed a child in 2020.
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