I'd heard of Heath Ledger but I hadn't seen him onscreen until I had to see The Patriot, a 2000 film starring Mel Gibson. I was the movie critic on the ABC News weekday magazine show, Lifetime Live, every Friday. That ABC News production aired on Lifetime TV. The Patriot put Mel Gibson in colonial drag. We go back to the days of the American Revolution. He's a peaceful family man forced to fight the British. As I said on the show, I thought two things as I sat through the movie: 1. "Why is it taking Mel Gibson nearly three hour to play a Minute Man?" and 2. "That Heath Ledger is really good."