Tuesday, August 19, 2008

A Brotherhood of Fathers

After the passing of Heath Ledger, the media has made much of the fact that the father of little Matilda (age 2) did not have an updated will. His father, Kim, was the designated executor of the estate and his history in estate planning and financial management has been highly criticized.

Put those two little factors together and you have a lot of people wondering about the security of Matilda's future.

Fortunately, the right people's concern seems to have made a big difference.

When he died, Heath Ledger was in the middle of filming The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnnassus. Rather than canning the movie containing his last performance, the movie's producers have filled Heath's role by creating fantastical versions of him, played by Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell.

All of the three actors standing in for Heath also happen to be fathers and, out of concern for this fatherless daughter, have surrendered any monies they would have received from the film and set up a trust in her name.

Be still all cynical hearts.

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