As devastating as any news on Ledger has been since the talented actor’s death in January, this story touches rather than breaks the heart.

Many of you may know that Heath Ledger’s will had not been updated since the birth of Matilda, his beloved daughter with actress Michelle Williams. Upon hearing this news, fellow actors Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell, who all played Ledger’s character in The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, the film he’d been working on before his death, decided to donate their fees to the two-and-a-half-year-old.

“They didn’t take the money–it goes to Heath’s daughter. That’s extraordinary! And wonderful…and when you’re part of that, you think, ‘Ah, this is maybe why I went into the movies in the beginning. I thought it would be full of wonderful people.’ And we’ve got a movie full of wonderful people who did extraordinary things to help,” says director Terry Gilliam.

Terry, though I’d say your comments contain a small yet obvious plug for your film… you’re absolutely right.

  • shannon

    this is awesome…plus, i love all 3 of those actors!

    still, didn’t i read that heath’s family would still take care of matilda as well (monetary support and whatnot)? just curious, but i couldn’t see them not wanting a part in her life and helping support her. :)

  • sara

    You’re right, the cutie would probably never want for anything–but it’s still quite a cool thing to do, I think! :)

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  • Jodie

    Am I the only one who thinks that is ridiculous? Her mom is a relatively famous actress, and they live in a mansion and go on trips to the tropics. Why would this girl need millions of more dollars? She already has more that 99% of the population. Jesus christ, donate the Paychecks TO CHARITY! ORPHANAGES! KIDS WHO NEED IT! My god, I know they did it out of the kindness of their heart, but this is just idiotic.