Daniel Day Lewis accepted his award for Best Actor at the SAG Awards and dedicated it to Heath Ledger which is all very well and nice, except that he didn’t actually know Heath Ledger. He first mentioned his reaction to Oprah Winfrey on her show when she was interviewing him about being nominated for an Academy Award and now he’s taken it that step further.
There’s a tiny part of me that is rolling my eyes at this even though Daniel Day Lewis is probably one of the greatest living actors and isn’t a publicity whore. For some reason, down in the depths of my mind, I can’t shake the feeling that he’s just riding a wave and that Heath Ledger now becomes a little like 9/11 in Hollywood – where people start to sup on it.
Like, you just know there are some assistant agents in LA all jittery from too much coke or caffeine who are clamoring for invites to his memorial service. That’s how I react to this kind of thing. It ends up boiling down to a business.