10 Things You Didn't Know About Heath Ledger's 'The Joker.'
We, know him for portraying the dark role of The Joker, but he himself was named after a famous fictional dark character, Mr. Heathcliff from the Emily Bronte's famous novel "Wuthering Heights".
It was also the favorite book of his mother.
#9 He locked himself to understand the character of The Joker.
To prepare for the role of The Joker, Ledger locked himself in a hotel room for a month and experimented for what will turn out to be one of the most defining negative characters of all times.
He formed a little diary and experimented with voices as it was important to try to find an iconic voice and laughter. He ended up landing more in the realm of a psychopath, someone with very little to no conscience towards his acts.
He's just an absolute sociopath, a cold-blooded, mass-murdering clown.
#8 Heath Ledger's Joker inspired by Sid Vicious.
According to his co-star Christian Bale, Ledger wanted to create a more anarchic and unpredictable Joker than anything that had ever been seen, and in terms of look and the mannerisms, he clearly emulated Vicious heavily on screen.
But perhaps there was no better inspiration for such a character than a genuine symbol of the sort of anarchy Ledger was looking to bottle for his performance. Ledger would watch videos of Sid Vicious in performances and in interviews, studying how the musician moved and spoke.
#7 That Tongue Stick Out Was Ledger's Own Personal Tic.
The distinctive tongue rolling and mannerisms grew out of Heath Ledgers own habit while playing the role of the Joker.
#6 Christopher Nolan wanted Sean Penn to play The Joker.
Chris Nolan originally wanted Sean Penn to play The Joker but Penn didn't want to step on the toes of long time friend Jack Nicholson, who originally played The Joker in 1989 Batman movie. Nolan only ever considered Health Ledger after that.
#5 The director was criticized by the media for selecting Heath Ledger for the role of Joker.
Christopher Nolan, was very much criticized when he announced that Heath Ledger has been selected to play the role of Joker. But the director supported his choice and said that Heath was having original habit of being fearless which was also The Joker's most powerful attribute.
#4 He is the youngest actor to have ever play the role of The Joker.
Heath Ledger was a standout from day 1. The role of joker has been played before by other Joker actors, but Heath Ledger became the youngest of them to accomplish this task.
#3 The Origin of How the Joker REALLY Got Those Scars!
The scars of The Joker is not originally from the comic book. This concept was inspired from a character named Gyonplaine from Victor Hugo's novel "The Man Who Laughs" (1928).
#2 Heath originally wanted to play the role of Batman.
The director of the film Christopher Nolan did not found Ledger as much suitable for the role. In 2008, he was straight away chosen to play The Joker.
#1 Tragic Demise of Heath Ledger.
Surprisingly, Heath Ledger was nominated as the best supporting actor Oscar winning on the first anniversary of his death, i.e. in 2009. He has won 32 best supporting actor awards including the Oscar, GG, BAFTA and Critics Choice Award.
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