SCREEN GEM: 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
Heath Ledger, 10 Things I Hate About You
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Great role: Heath Ledger in ”10 Things I Hate About You”

PREMISE In this high school Taming of the Shrew, Ledger is Petruchio to Julia Stiles’ Katherine.

FUN FACT At the time of the movie’s release, Ledger told EW his inspiration was Steve McQueen. ”I actually just bought a Mustang,” he said, ”like the one in Bullitt.”

WHY IT’S GREAT In his Hollywood debut, Ledger gives a scruffy, laid-back, sly performance that hints at the unlikely romantic leading man he’d become. And his serenade of ”Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” is priceless.