While most eyes (and news crews) were focused on Robert Pattinson in Westwood for Thursday night’s L.A. premiere of “The Rover,” co-star Guy Pearce and director David Michod weren’t the only Aussies in film celebrating.
Over at the SLS, Emile Hirsch turned up at the Heath Ledger Scholarship Dinner to reminisce about his “Lords of Dogtown” co-star.
“He wasn’t a know-it-all. He would sometimes come to me and be very insecure,” Hirsch said, speaking earnestly and without notes. “Am I a clown in the movie? Am I a clown?”
“The fact that he was willing to let his guard down enough to ask another actor, or even another guy, what he thought is such an unasshole thing to do,” Hirsch said, drawing laughs. ”He just wasn’t an asshole. I really miss him a lot.”
Hirsch announced Cody Fern as the latest winner of the scholarship, a windfall comprehensive professional plan (and cash) to get Australian actors up on their feet as working actors in L.A. Six years after Ledger’s death, the foundation has given out $250,000 Australians in Film’s Simonne Overend said.
“(Heath) was hyper masculine,” Hirsch told the invite-only crowd of 200 on the surprisingly chilly patio.
“He wasn’t like a “hoo-rah” kind of guy. He was a really gentle person. The way that he took the younger actors in “Lords of Dogtown” – he plays the skateboard coach figure to us ‘Z-boys’ in the movie (top photo). He was only 25 at the time, but he was a real older brother/uncle brother figure. We all just loved him.”
Now Cody Fern is the younger brother, and though he comes from “Southern Cross,” a self-admitted nowhere town in western Australia (population 762), he’s not fresh off the farm