People like a legend. When Heath Ledger died of a prescription drug overdose in January 2008, he had just completed principal photography on his Academy Award-winning role of the Joker in Christopher Nolan’s grown-up Batman flick The Dark Knight. With zero foundation in confirmed public knowledge, a narrative sprung up around Ledger’s troubled final days, that the psychological demands of portraying a figure as sick and twisted as the Joker weighed too heavily on the actor. The apocryphal notion that the role ultimately drove Ledger to suicide is way off the mark, however, explains Ledger’s sister Kate.
Heath Ledger's performance as Joker in The Dark Knight is obviously considered one of the best performances in a comic book movie (if not ever, amma right?), but we don't get to see a lot of behind the scenes footage. Here are some photos of Heath testing out the costume for Joker from The Dark Knight!
Those are the chilling final words scrawled in capital letters on the last page of a diary the late Heath Ledger kept as he was filming 'The Dark Knight,' his last finished movie. Ledger's father, Kim, opened up Ledger's Joker diary publicly for the first time for the upcoming documentary 'Too Young to Die,' giving fans a fascinating glimpse into how the late actor created one
By now, unless you went into hiding before July 18th, 2008 with zero electricity or somethin, you've seen Heath Ledger's award winning performance as Joker in 'The Dark Knight'. So, you have an idea of his voice and mannerisms. Check out this interview of Tom Waits from 1979, and ask yourself, 'Was Heath Ledger's 'Joker' inspired by Tom Waits?'