The Dark Knight opened to critical acclaim with universal praise for the late Heath Ledger’s riveting performance as The Joker. Regarded by many as the greatest take on the Clown Prince of Crime, a new documentary titled I Am Heath Ledger features a segment dedicated to exploring how Ledger developed his take on the iconic DC Comics villain.
The portion of documentary includes interviews with those closest to Ledger including his former agent, Steve Alexander, who recalled the first conversation he had with Ledger about possibly taking on the role:
“I called Heath and I said, you know, ‘This is what’s happening. They’re putting together the next Batman film and the Joker’s going to be the villain and is that of interest?’ […] There was no pause. It was like, ‘Absolutely, I want that. How do I… you know, what do we do? I’ll get on a plane, I’ll fly out, I want to meet with Chris. Can you get me in a room with Chris Nolan?’
The segment also includes stories on Ledger’s demonstration of his performance for a childhood friend and how the character’s constant lip-licking became a part of Ledger’s take on the sinister clown. The documentary also dispels the idea that Ledger’s work on the film was strenuous and highlights the enthusiasm Ledger had for the role.
You can watch the clip below!
As one considers Ledger’s performance to be the best take on the DC villain, this documentary provides great second-hand insight into how Ledger crafted the role and emphasizes the passion the late actor had for the character. The documentary as a whole is also a loving and moving tribute to a talented man, who was posthumously awarded the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance, and comes highly recommended.
Source: I Am Heath Ledger (via JoBlo Movie Clips)
Top 7 Joker Performances From TV & Movies Ranked
The Joker is one of the most popular villains in fiction. As a result of that, he has been featured in multiple movies, TV shows and video games. Fortunately, he’s a character who can be molded to fit his environment. He’s equally at home in The LEGO Batman Movie getting his feelings hurt as he is pushing Superman to the brink in the Injustice video game franchise.
One question persists through all those adaptations: who plays Joker best?
For all you Suicide Squad fans out there wondering why Jared Leto isn’t on the list, don’t worry I got an answer for you. I didn’t like him! Man oh man, I thought he was terrible honestly. Laughable in the wrong sense of the word. Perhaps some of the cut scenes might have changed my mind, but from what I saw I wasn’t left wanting more.
Do you think I’m wrong? Should Leto or someone else have made the list? Sound off in the comment section and let me know!
But for now, take some laughing gas and hit Next to find out who the best Jokers are!