How have we not done Heath Ledger (1979-2008) yet? Okay, so since he’s passed away he isn’t currently doing any historical films, but this Australian actor did many in his short time and people LOVE him.
In the year 400 AD, a young Irish man (ledger) sets out to rid his land of the invading Romans, but in order to accomplish this, he must first unite the Celtic clans. Or create a Burning Man camp? You decide!
The Patriot (2000)
He played Mel Gibson’s son in this film about the American Revolution.
A Knight’s Tale (2001)
In allegedly 14th century England, Ledger plays an alleged peasant squire who poses as an alleged knight and allegedly competes in tournaments; he falls in love with an alleged noblewoman and takes down some alleged baddies.
The Four Feathers (2002)
One of many adaptations of a 1902 novel, about a British soldier who fights in the Sudan in 1884-85 and is accused of cowardice.
Ned Kelly (2003)
Ledger stars as the legendary Australian bandit who was active in the 1870s.
The Brothers Grimm (2005)
A fantasy-historical take on the famous folklore collectors. Ledger stars as one of the brothers in early 19th century Germany.
He plays the famous Venetian lover, who of course falls in love and wants to prove he can be true.
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)
Technically fantasy, Ledger plays the leader of a “traveling theatre troupe whose leader, having made a bet with the Devil, takes audience members through a magical mirror to explore their imaginations and present them with a choice between self-fulfilling enlightenment or gratifying ignorance,” per Wikipedia. Ledger died during filming and so his role is also played by several other actors.
Which is your favorite of Heath Ledger’s frock flick roles?