This Interview Allegedly Inspired Heath Ledger's Joker
Heath Ledger’s Oscar-winning Joker portrayal is undoubtedly one of the most memorable, and talked about performances in recent film history.
Ledger pulled it out of the bag and surprised everyone with his take on one of the darkest villains of all time. But it didn’t come easily, Ledger worked hard for the role and forced himself into exile just so he could get into the characters horrifyingly dark mindset, and put his own stamp on the character.
And put his own stamp on the joker he did, leaving Jared Leto to try and live up to his legacy.
Heath’s father, Kim, talked about this time in Ledger’s life in the documentary Too Young To Die, saying:
“He pretty well locked himself up in a hotel room for weeks. He galvanised the upcoming character. That was typical of Heath. He would do that. He liked to dive into his characters, but this time he really took it up a notch.”
It was during this time that Heath managed to develop the tics, deep voice and infamous chilling laugh that made his Joker iconic.
Rumours have since been circulating on the web that The Joker’s characteristic voice and even some of his mannerisms were based on this 1979 interview with actor and musician Tom Waits.
Eerily Joker-esque, right?
Ledger and Waits both bagged roles in The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus back in 2009. However, it hasn’t been confirmed that the pair actually ever met.
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