After Heath Ledger’s death, three stars stepped up to finish his part in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. They play various versions of a con man named Tony — and they reportedly all donated their wages to Ledger’s daughter, Matilda.
Depp, whose work Ledger admired, had collaborated with Gilliam before — on Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and an aborted Don Quixote project.
Before Ledger was even attached to Parnassus, Law, a friend of Ledger’s, had talked to Gilliam about possibly playing the role of Tony.
Farrell told an Australian newspaper last year that standing in for Ledger was ”an incredibly painful honor…. It’s about getting Heath’s work out there.”