Art Project: 52 Card Write-Up – Ten of Clubs

Do not forget that my friends are classy, despite what the last card referenced. In this card, there is a reference to 10 Things I Hate About You, which is a movie based on Billy Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. I can call him Billy because we are tight like that. Do you remember the late 90s to early 2000s when a bunch of classic novels were updated for modern times? Clueless, She’s the Man, O all took the classics and “updated” them (which usually meant throwing a blonde into the lead role). 10 Things I Hate About You starred Julia Stiles as the blonde, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and an actor who epitomizes “You don’t know what you got until it’s gone,” Heath Ledger. This card was actually dedicated to the late Ledger by the friend. I believe 10 Things… was his first American movie, or at least, the first one where he had a major role (Ledger is from Australia and got his acting break there). Ledger goes from being the “cool outsider” of 10 Things I Hate About You to the literal Knight in White Armor of A Knight’s Tale to Ennis, a lovetorn cowboy, in Brokeback Mountain to the maniacal Joker in The Dark Knight, which earned him a posthumous Academy Award. Those are some very varied roles, and that isn’t even counting some of his supporting roles. Heck, he fought for U.S. independece in The Patriot and he isn’t even American! That’s acting!


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