The only thing that makes me feel slightly better about this is the firm knowledge that these parasites won't get anywhere near it: security will have things so tightly cordoned off that they won't breach the perimeter.
That doesn't make it any less obscene. His poor parents. I do hope for their sake that The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus gets completed somehow, because I think it might be painful to have their last on-screen view of their son be this:
It's just makeup, though; just part of the costume designed to enhance what will almost surely be a formidable performance. Ledger was simply a talented actor. Phelps is the real villain here.