Ledger Talks About 'Four Feathers'
Friday September 20 10:07 AM ET
NEW YORK (AP) Heath Ledger has his role in "The Four Feathers" to thank for his new look.
Ledger says he shaved off all his hair for a few of the first scenes in the period movie and then just kept it that way.
"It made it easier to wear wigs as well, because you can just stick it down on my skin instead of pasting it down on my hair," Ledger told reporters.
Ledger spent a lot of time wearing wigs during the filming of "The Four Feathers." The Australian actor details the amount of time he spent getting ready for the role of Harry Faversham.
"You'd get to work at 3 a.m. and get out of the makeup chair at 6 a.m. every day, and get home from work at 9 p.m. and get to bed at 11 and wake up at 2:30 again," Ledger says. "It was like that for 3 1/2 months, because of the dirt, putting on the dirt, putting on the beards, putting on the blood, putting on the wigs."
The blood the Australian actor refers to isn't real, and neither was the blood he appears to be drinking in one desert scene. Ledger says the knife he used to prick the camel's skin had a tube attached to it. When the time came, it spurted fake blood and that's what he drank.
"The Four Feathers," also starring Kate Hudson, opens Friday.