Monday, February 04, 2008

Positive Publicity Or Did He Really Care?


Ever since I heard about the memorial service over the Sony Lot for Heath Ledger, and saw the list of attendees, I have struggled with the question of whether Tom Cruise went because he wanted some good publicity, or if he was there to support Katie Holmes. Katie as you know starred with Michelle Williams on Dawson's Creek, but as far as I know neither Katie nor Tom had ever met Heath Ledger. The cynic in me wants to believe that Tom would never go to any other funeral of his wife's former castmate's former boyfriend. That side of me thinks he went because there was sure to be some positive publicity. In fact, only Kneepads Magazine was actually informed of the service in advance which of course would only highlight the positives. According to WireImage, Tom Cruise has never been photographed with Heath, and there is no indication they ever met, but then a part of me says, hey, maybe he really does care about Katie and Michelle Williams was important to her at one point, although again, Katie and Michelle had not been photographed together in almost five years, and then only in a cast situation.

I know, I know, the same could be said about Ellen who was also there, but I just don't get the, OMG, I need some good publicity vibe right now from her. I think she went out of a sense of she wanted to pay her respects. Perhaps that is the reason Tom went also, but now because of his crazy ass behavior, I will second guess everything he does whether it be good or bad to see if he has any ulterior motives.

20 comments:

Murphy Brown 2020 said...

Nah. Tom doesn't give a shit about Heath. He's too full of self-righteous indignation over the fact that our planet is simply teeming with RPs who need to be schooled in the ways of Xenu. Remember?

Katie just looks lobotomized and miserable. I'm sure that she might have cared about five years ago, but we all know that she's completely cut off from the friends and family she had during the Dawson's Creek days. You really think she still knows Michelle Williams enough to adequately support or console her?

I'm sure Tom sat there during the whole service thinking of ways in which he might have used all of his vast and miraculous Scientology tools to save Heath from his addictions. What a goddamn chump.

On a more shallow note, what's with people who say Katie is a fashion icon?!?!!? I say she's ALWAYS frumptastic, funeral or not!

__-__=__ said...

No, Tom doesn't care. I think Kate went out of respect for Michelle. I think Tom went just to do something normal. I do hope he kept the crazy at bay.

Mel said...

I think everyone questions Tom's motives, he'll never be Tom Cruise the heartthrob again. Katie doesn't seem to have bothered with any of her ex-castmates from Dawsons so I found it odd that they attended the service.

Ellen not so much, I remember Heath being on her show...they seemed to have fun together and she gave him the cutest little Brokeback Mountain outfit for Matilda.

surfer said...

I think it's all about the publicity.

Since the videos aired, he's going out, but avoiding the media at all costs. He presented (the final award) at the SAG Awards, but avoided the red carpet, going in a back entrance. Now this, where it was only reported after the fact. Maybe he went along with Katie so he could hold tight to the reins, ensuring she didn't stray too far.

Dick Insideu said...

Tom went because of the many, many times he has enjoyed orgasmic pleasure watching Brokeback Mountain and jerking off.

tedtedted said...

Where is Mary Kate? I guess it's not surprising she isn't around everyone seems to be on her case but I'm not sure why they are being so bad even Ted Casablancas today is inviting people to write to him about her and blaming her for Hiltons current and her ex (she hasn't been out with him for years) David Katzenburgs behaviour at Sundance. she answered a call she could never had anticipated and as the police have said she got one call before he died and in it the woman told her she thought heath wasn't breathing and that she was calling 911 MK assisted in the only way she could by sending her sister's bodyguards around to help (MK was in California and had been at Sundance for days nowhere near heath ledger and whatever he had taken) and don't know what else she could do if the woman already said she was calling 911. I do understand that sometimes with famous people they want to hide stuff but if that was her intention surely she was trying to do the right thing by her friend. Also if they had been dating on and off for months wouldn't there have been at least one sighting like there were of heath with Gemma his girlfriend and MK and Nate Lowman her bf of which there have been numerous since October.
You haven't said much about this Ent considering you have me the Olsens over the years?
PS
Dont shot the messenger today about Ashley and Lance - pint sized ex like to keep her shoes on!

captivagrl said...

PUBLICITY.

brendalove@gmail.com said...

Yep - publicity.

I think MKO is getting somewhat of a bad rap too. I don't think they realized he was dying...maybe he was just ultra-passed-out and would be okay.

Mic said...

I can understand Ellen going. Her show that aired the day after he died, was taped on the actual day. She must have gotten word about it during filming, and at the close of that show she addressed it and showed the clip of the last time he was on her show. She actually looked visibly upset, and even when they started the credits you could tell she was uncomfortable and trying not to cry.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lZ4ibL1MhA

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jax said...

from what i gathered Ellen knew Heath through Portia..like all the Ozzie actors seem to keep in touch in the US. She was one of the first and few people to actaully acknowledge his passing on her show.

YahMoBThere said...

Well Ellen had Heath on her show, so I can totally understand why she went.

takeme2espana said...

I think I heard Ellen had that clip of she and Heath on her site of when he was on, they had a funny little schtick...wonder if its still there? He was hilarious with her..I believe she was sincere. I agree, she probably did get to know him through Portia.

Sydney Fan said...

Still so sad. The entire Ellen interview (including the schtick) is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkOpJsdjrEU It is a very good interview and shows even though he was articulate, interesting and comfortable with her he was just so uncomfortable in the situation. There is also a lovely montage of photographs postes at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4tE2ZjX-jM I so admire the belief he had in himself to leave home at 16 with petrol money and a dream - to have shone so brightly for such a short time.I cannot imagine the anguish of those who knew and loved him.

Kaiden said...

Ellen actually did know heath unlike tom. you can't compare the two. Watch her show and you would know this.

WTF said...

GMD went for the PR and dragged Kat(i)e along with the death grip on her wrist. She probably doesn't even remember Michelle after all the auditing she's been through.

MadLyb said...

The fact is, Tom Cruise is an arrogant ass unworthy of paying Heath Ledger the respect he deserves. I mourn for Heath because of purely selfish reasons. Hearing of his death made me sick in the same way hearing of River Phoenix and Kurt Cobain's death made me. What a f*cking loss of talent. I loved his movies, and on a personal note, he reminds me so much of my brother. His middle name is the same as my brother's name. He died much too young, needlessly, like my brother. His dying of "natural causes" was likely accelerated because of prior drug use, and both my brother and Heath were the same age when they died. I also mourn for Katie. The girl might as well be dead. I despise Tom Cruise.

Beth said...

There's no way Tom ever met Heath. Michelle and Katie haven't talked since Dawson's wrapped.

This was 100% about Tom Cruise getting free PR, even if it's to show up to a memorial for someone he never met. He's such an attention whore. Before going to the memorial, he went to Joan's on Third for lunch and called a half dozen paps for it. They were all waiting outside the back for TomKat, who refused to leave the restaurant until (not joking) six LAPD officers were there to attend to Tom's safety. Even though that whore called the paps to come there in the first place. Bastard. I want my tax money back and officers patrolling the streets, not playing paps-guard for the GMD.

Oh, and Katie wasn't there to comfort Michelle. Michelle herself wasn't there, she was heading to Perth with his family.

TomKat = worthless famewhores

As for Ellen & Portia, Heath had done Ellen's show and they seemed to get along great (I remember it was during the winter Olympics and he did a hilarious green-screen "bobsledding" routine with her). I can see the two of them being friendly outside the show.

westward ho said...

why didn't tom intervene? surely he could have SAVED heath! he is the authority of the mind!

bionic bunny! said...

"you don't know publicity! i do!"

westward, i thought the same damn thing.

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