Heath Ledger- the guy who has been credited with the iconic portrayal of the main antagonist, Joker, in the movie The Dark Knight. Heath was garnered with praise from all over the world. Even after his death, he won a number of awards for his performance in the movie including a posthumous Academy Award.
There are some interesting facts about the character you have no idea about. We have listed a few of them, Have a look!
1. The makeup design of the character was a creation of Ledger himself.
He thought that a character like Joker wouldn’t allow anyone to do his makeup. For the entire duration of the filming, the makeup crew kept on replicating Heath’s creation.
2. You can see two homemade videos which were sent to GCN (Gotham City News) by the Joker for promoting terror in the society.
You’d be surprised to know that the videos were directed by Ledger himself.
3. Ledger spent at least 43 days alone in a hotel room to master the character of Joker.
He tried to make it his own by practicing the sinister laugh as well as the voice of the character.
4. Maggie Gyllenhaal and Michael Caine had not seen Ledger’s appearance before the party scene at Wayne Enterprise.
Hence, when they first saw him, they were overwhelmed. It’s reported that Michael forgot his lines while Maggie couldn’t even look at him.
5. What is even more amazing is that how easily Heath was able to turn on and off the dark headspace he used to be in while portraying the character.
A lot of cast and crew members tell how amazed they were when Heath could easily go into and come out of character.
6. In one of the iconic scenes, Gordon gets promoted to the position of commissioner and Joker starts clapping frantically.
It wasn’t a part of the script, Heath improvised it. Nolan encouraged to not panic and continue to film.
7. Health was all about making his character look as real as possible.
In one scene, Batman is supposed to hit Joker. Heath tells Christian Bale to hit him as hard as possible to make it look legit.
8. Heath used to carry a diary around that carried all the details which helped him in triggering the character of Joker.
It included all the sadistic moments including sadistic drawings, horrific incidents news or anything that was helpful It is reported by the end of the filming Heath wrote “BYE BYE” in his little diary.
9. Ledger was always in full costume even on the days when he didn’t have to shoot on set.
He used to interact with the crew. Makeup artist John Caglione “He always was in good humor. Never lost it or anything like that. Never was mean to anyone.”
10. In a hospital scene, Joker is wearing a nurse’s costume with the name tag Matilda on it.
Apparently, it was Heath’s idea to name it Matilda. It was his tribute to his daughter.
11. Aaron Eckhart tells that during the hospital scene which he had alongside Ledger, the latter man was mumbling something in an unsettling manner as he revolved around Aaron.
As he approached Eckhart, he raised his hand spontaneously which then Heather grabbed. At the end of the scene, ledger told him that is what acting is all about.
12. Jack Nicholson is another actor who was highly praised for his role as the Joker. hence, Ledger interviewed him before taking on the role.
Jack told him, “The role of being The Joker will haunt you, the role is so dark, that you probably won’t be able to sleep, but enjoy the role as the Clown Prince of Crime, because it’s nothing but good fun.”
13. Lachy Hulme, Steve Carell, Robin Williams, Paul Bettany and Adrien Brody all showed their interest in playing the role of Joker in Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated Batman Begins.
But Christopher revealed that he always had Heath in mind for the role.
14. When it was announced that Heath will be playing the role of Joker in the movie, there was a lot of backlash from both the public and the media due to the lack of similar characters played by the actor.
However, when the movie was released, Joker, as played by him, became the most iconic villainous role ever being played.
15. Heath had never played a villain in his career and Joker was the only character with the antagonist tendencies he agreed for.
Christopher watched Brokeback Mountain and was duly impressed by how into the role Heath was in the movie.
16. To master the character, Heath Ledger also focused on attaining the perfect voice pitch for the role.
He hired a vocal trainer for the task.