Heath Ledger introduced David Bowie’s Golden Years to director in a dance sequence from A Knight’s Tale

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Heath Ledger introduced David Bowie’s Golden Years to director in the famous dance sequence from A Knight’s Tale

Heath Ledger suggested using David Bowie’s Golden Years in the 2001 film A Knight’s Tale, director Brian Helgeland said Tuesday.

Helgeland chat with Vulture Tuesday, the twentieth anniversary of the film’s release. In the medieval action film, the late actor, who died of a drug overdose in 2008 at the age of 28, played the lead role of the ambitious farmer William Thatcher.

The film’s dance sequence was slated to be set to the 1975 song Get Down Tonight by KC and the Sunshine Band, but Helgeland said Ledger was trying to convince him to use the 1976 Bowie song instead.

New details: The late Heath Ledger suggested using David Bowie’s Golden Years in the 2001 film A Knight’s Tale, director Brian Helgeland said Tuesday. Ledger was seen in the film, which came out 20 years ago on Tuesday, with co-star Shannyn Sossamon

“If Heath wanted to sell you something, that’s how you saw it,” said Ledger. “He would assume this kind of boyishness for him; he’d turned nine, like from a Dickens story, like the Artful Dodger. ‘

Helgeland said Ledger ‘got a big grin on his face’ when he compared the musical tempos between songs.

“Heath got a big grin on his face,” said Helgeland. He says, “It’s the same pace. It’s going to work.” He says, “It’s the same pace. It’ll work.” ‘

Helgeland said Ledger urged him to skip rehearsals for the day so the cast and crew could perfect the performance down to the Bowie song.

Ledger and director Brian Helgeland were seen on the set of the 2001 film

Ledger and director Brian Helgeland were seen on the set of the 2001 film

Background: The film's dance sequence was to be set to the 1975 song Get Down Tonight by KC and the Sunshine Band, but Helgeland said Ledger was trying to persuade him to use the 1976 Bowie song.

Background: The film’s dance sequence would be set to the 1975 song Get Down Tonight by KC and the Sunshine Band, but Helgeland said Ledger was trying to persuade him to use the 1976 Bowie song.

“He said,” Don’t come to rehearsal today. Let’s get it right and then come down. We’ll do them both and you decide, “Helgeland said. “He was like, ‘It’s so inescapable that it should be Golden Years that there’s no way you can disagree with me.”

Helgeland said Ledger has “laid it all down as a legal matter” in his call for the musical shift.

The film’s choreographer Stuart Hopps told the outlet in an email that the change was in addition to the film.

Flashback: The film has made $ 117 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo

Flashback: The film has made $ 117 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo

‘At the time, I thought the Bowie choice was a good one and although the dance patterns remained pretty much the same,’ said Hopps. ‘The choice of music allowed me to give the dance routine a more modern feel and let the actors go more and swing more.’

Helgeland said the protagonist had an infectious presence on set that captivated colleagues.

‘Everyone just fell in love with him – boys, girls, everyone. Everyone just loved him, and he loved you too. ‘

The film, starring Shanynn Sossamon, Mark Addy, Paul Bettany and Alan Tudyk, grossed $ 117 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo.

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