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23 January 2008 @ 01:11 pm
CNN was just discussing Heath's career and stated that US audiences discovered him in 1999 with 10 Things I Hate About You... *shakes head* try 3 years earlier than that with a little show called ROAR.
Emilia Rothschildetherealshores on January 23rd, 2008 06:25 pm (UTC)
I love how everyone is just going to forget that show now...great.
clauderainsrmclauderainsrm on January 24th, 2008 01:13 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't be surprised to see FOX put out something for the ROAR dvd...

ellistraeellistrae on January 23rd, 2008 09:29 pm (UTC)
I know, I was just thinking about this. I've never actually seen 10 Things I Hate About You. Don't particularly like "updates" of Shakespeare. But I loved Roar. I used to watch it religiously and I was very pissed when it was cancelled. I am having a really hard time understanding why Heath's death has hit me hard - it's crazy, it's not like I knew him at all. It's really really weird that this should upset me this way.
clauderainsrmclauderainsrm on January 24th, 2008 01:11 pm (UTC)
I can relate to that feeling of being hit hard. He was OURS. One of his first times on the 'net was coming online to post to the Roar Netforum at Universal. He only did it a couple times, but he was one of us, back before he moved to the States. I imagine that people who saw him back in Australian tv a few years before we got him are feeling it even harder.

But seeing his success over the years, I always felt a sense of pride. Like someone from your old school doing well. Walking into the breakroom at work just as they broke in to announce his death . . . that moment is probably going to be sticking with me a good long time.
ellistrae: ROARellistrae on January 24th, 2008 02:52 pm (UTC)
Yes, I always felt like "ha, they should never have cancelled Roar" as Heath's success continued. I wonder if it would have changed anything if the show had continued on for a while. But we'll never know.
banshee: roar - conor - hear the roar_snitchbitch on January 23rd, 2008 09:59 pm (UTC)
It could be worse. Most of the people at my work only know him as "that guy from Brokeback Mountain".

I quietly seethe at my desk.
clauderainsrmclauderainsrm on January 24th, 2008 01:13 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've heard that too and just shake my head sadly. I just can't get over the reports of how American audiences were "introduced" to him in '99 though, it's as though ROAR never happened.

I wonder how the rest of the cast is taking it...

ellistraeellistrae on January 24th, 2008 02:50 pm (UTC)
I'm sure the rest of the cast is probably just as stunned and shocked as we are. And probably very very saddened. It was much much too soon to lose him. I feel so sorry for all of his friends and family. They must be absolutely devastated.
Mandy S.: RIP Heath Ledgermandyesque on February 3rd, 2008 03:43 pm (UTC)
Yet another girl who first saw him in Roar, but in 1998. *raises hand*

Conor was such a powerful character, he's permeated a lot of my writing; he was so innocent, so damaged, and yet so brave...

I asked my brother for the Roar DVD set for Christmas this year 'cause I couldn't afford it. He bought be Smallville Season 6 instead, which I also wanted, but I was like "Dammit, I *need* Roar!"

I heard about Heath's passing from a friend in NYC at about 6pm EST on the 22nd, 5pm where I am (Puerto Rico). She works at NBC. She called me long-distance so I wouldn't read it online first; a true friend. I cried so hard my mother almost took me to the hospital (I'd had jaw surgery the day before and she was very concerned I was going to either rupture or dislocate something.)

When I'd finally calmed down enough to talk, I told my mother how I'd been annoyed with my brother since Christmas and that now everyone would be buying up everything Heath was ever in (not that that's a bad thing), and that I still couldn't afford to get the DVD set before "the vultures" bought it out. She told me to go ahead and order it, that she'd pay for it. At 8pm EST, Amazon.com had only 3 copies left in stock. I guess my Higher Power loves me, because one of those 3 became mine and arrived exactly on the 1 week anniversary of Heath's passing.

I never thought the next time I got to see Conor would be after Heath's death. It was completely unexpected to me in the sense that I saw him as someone who was always there for me; whenever I was down I could put in one of his films and I always came away from them feeling better. He was so vital, so alive, especially when he smiled. He had a smile that could clear a clouded sky...

Somehow I always expected he'd outlive me. I can't find the words to describe how utterly devastated I am, even now. He will be forever loved, forever missed. ♥
Michelle: Roar - long live the seriesmichelle62998 on February 23rd, 2008 04:14 am (UTC)
Unfortunatly I only discovered Roar recently. I mean I knew it existed, I knew Heath had starred in it before 10 Things and all that, but until last weekend I hadn't had the chance to actually see more than bits and pieces of the series. I watched all 13 eps in one day. Once I got started I just couldn't stop and fell instantly in love with the show. It's aggravating that I found it so late, but I'm just glad that I found it.

Some of my friends tho have made the comment that it's funny that I'm obessessing over a show that ended over 10 years ago. *shrug* My response is that it doesn't matter how long ago it was on, or that it got canceled and there will never be new eps. What matters is that it was a kick ass show, with an amazing actor in it.