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Michelle Williams, Naomi Watts
, Ellen DeGeneres
and several of Heath Ledger
's other close industry
friends share fond memories of the late actor in the April issue of Interview
magazine. Written as a conversation, the tribute remembers Ledger's work ethic, his off-screen persona and his love of chess. Below are some excerpts from the article:
: "He was a huge, obsessive, chess freak – and very, very good at it."
: "He had uncontrollable energy. He buzzed ... His mind was turning, turning, turning – always turning."
: "He didn't try to be something that he wasn't. And I appreciated that."
Phillip Seymour Hoffman
: "Whenever Heath talked about something he liked, he did it in the way that any fan would. He wasn't somebody trying to cover up his excitement about something, or someone."
: "That performance in Brokeback Mountain
was such a sensitive, understated, controlled interpretation of this character. The entire emotional power of that film, which is enormous, resides in that performance, and how much Heath holds in."