The Joker then laughs hysterically as he is arrested by a SWAT team. Tim Teeman commented for The Times that "Ledger is so terrifying and unpredictable that his very presence on screen makes you nervous." He was played by late Australian actor Heath Ledger. [61] Entertainment Weekly put the film on its end-of-the-decade, "best-of" list, saying, "Every great hero needs a great villain. Scrap book features pictures of hyenas and clowns, and comic strips "Everything about what he does from every gesture, every little facial tick, everything he's doing with his voice—it all speaks to the heart of this character. [9][28] She gave the image for the Joker of someone who is "very sweaty" and who "probably doesn't have a proper home". I am "It's a combination of reading all the comic books I could that were relevant to the script and then just closing my eyes and meditating on it", he said about his process. Ledger also got to choose the Joker's weapon among different rubber knives, and he worked closely with costume designer Lindy Hemming on deciding the look for the character. [37][38], Ledger's death affected the marketing campaign for The Dark Knight[39] and also both the production and marketing of Terry Gilliam's film The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus; both Nolan and Gilliam celebrated and paid tribute to Ledger's work in these films. Do I really look like a guy with a plan, Harvey? During the ensuing panic, the Joker sneaks into Gotham General Hospital disguised as a nurse to meet with Dent and persuades him to take revenge on the people he holds responsible for Rachel's death. The Dark Knight: 5 Actors Considered To Play The Joker (& 5 For Harvey Dent) It's hard to imagine anyone but Heath Ledger and Aaron Eckhart playing the Joker and Two-Face, respectively. It also earned him a posthumous Oscar nomination, one of 15 nominations the Batman films have received over the years. The Dark Knight actor recalls how he could have died during the Joker's pencil trick. You can almost imagine what he smells like. But other actors were up for the roles. ... A force of nature". [42] The casting decision surprised some[43] and was seen as a controversial move at the time,[44] receiving notable negative reactions on the Internet. Each take Ledger made was different from the last. His voice frequently shifts in pitch, so that he speaks his dialogue hitting higher notes, followed by an immediate lower voice capable of landing two octaves below. [5] The 2005 fantasy film The Brothers Grimm marked a turning point for the actor as director Terry Gilliam gave Ledger (and his co-star, Matt Damon) opportunities to create characters they had not been given before. He was played by late Australian actor Heath Ledger. I eagerly anticipate more! Ledger's Joker also explores techniques found in the actor's previous performances, including his clown act in Terry Gilliam's fantasy film The Brothers Grimm, while also referencing paintings by artist Francis Bacon, Anthony Burgess' novel A Clockwork Orange, and various punk rock musicians, as well as a vocal style rumoured to be influenced by Tom Waits.[1][2]. "[47] In his 2016 book The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture, NPR contributor Glen Weldon recalled that fans were outraged over the choice of Ledger, due to his past roles in films such as Brokeback Mountain (2005). 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A psychopathic criminal mastermind and mass murderer with a warped, sadistic sense of humor, the Joker is hired by Gotham City's mob bosses to kill the vigilante Batman (Christian Bale), and also comes into conflict with Batman's allies, Gotham police officer James Gordon (Gary Oldman) and district attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart). Total Film reviewed that Ledger is "burning brightly as he embodies an icon. In the film, he wears the character's traditional purple and green color palette, while his facial appearance includes clown makeup that covers facial scars of a Glasgow smile, and green hair. "Don't act, just read it", Nolan had told Ledger for a test screening. His shoes have an upward swoop at the toe, reminiscent of clown shoes. "But the truth is, I feel very lucky to have something productive to do, to have a performance that he was very, very proud of, and that he had entrusted to me to finish. I couldn't pull it off and there are other people who can perfectly, but I just couldn't take myself seriously. The Joker reveals that Dent's girlfriend (and Bruce Wayne's childhood sweetheart) Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal) has also gone missing and divulges their separate locations, both rigged with time bombs, but lies about which location each hostage is held at. ", "Heath Ledger is magnificent. [30], The first sequence shot was the film's IMAX opening, the "prologue". 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The Joker first appears in person at the beginning of The Dark Knight, as part of a six-member gang wearing clown masks who rob a mob-owned bank. The Joker was portrayed by the late Heath Ledger as the main antagonist of The Dark Knight, a role that won him a posthumous Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. The character is indirectly referenced at the end of Batman Begins, when Lt. James Gordon (Gary Oldman) describes to Batman (Christian Bale) a suspect wanted in connection with an armed robbery and double homicide. Staff and agencies. It's grubby. The actor would goof around, skateboarding while in his Joker costume on set, and smoking cigarettes. [25] Nolan explained Ledger's early and "peculiar" ambition for the voice of the character, saying that the actor had studied the way ventriloquist dummies talk. One of the greatest tragedies to strike previously was the death of Heath Ledger, who played the Joker in The Dark Knight. "[4] However, later impressed with Batman Begins,[8] Ledger sought the part of the Joker from Nolan. [7][8] The actor reflected on his problems with portraying superheroes, saying; "I would just feel stupid and silly. Until, almost tenderly, he turns inside out through his mouth. A sloppy red grin is painted across his mouth and cheeks, partly obscuring the scars of a Glasgow smile. The Joker? When hunky, twenty-year-old heart-throb Heath Ledger first came to the attention of the public in 1999, it was all too easy to tag him as a "pretty boy" and an actor of little depth. "[62] Emanuel Levy wrote Ledger "throws himself completely" into the role. "[31], Ledger was allowed to shoot and direct the threat videos the Joker sends out as warnings. A psychopathic criminal mastermind and mass murderer with a warped, sadistic sense of humor, the Joker is hired by Gotham City's mob bosses to kill the vigilante Batman (Christian Bale), and also comes into conflict with Batman's allies, Gotham police officer James Gordon (Gary Oldman) … ", "The Dark Knight: Heath Ledger Talks Joker", "A look at how Heath Ledger viewed his career, "Christopher Nolan Reflects on His Batman Trilogy, Heath Ledger & More", "Christopher Nolan Spends the 'Knight' at Lincoln Center: 5 Things Learned About Batman and Beyond", "Movies: In Stetson or Wig, He's Hard to Pin Down", "IESB Exclusive: Heath Ledger Talks the Joker! [17] Film critic Peter Travers wrote about the Joker as having "the grungy hair and the yellowing teeth of a hound fresh out of hell". Nolan noted, "We gave a Francis Bacon spin to [his face]. When Gotham's district attorney, Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), attempts to draw him out by identifying himself as Batman, the Joker tries to kidnap him, only to be arrested and interrogated by Batman after Dent goes missing. [57] Travers said Ledger moves the Joker away from Jack Nicholson's interpretation into darker territory, and expressed his support for any potential campaign to have Ledger nominated for an Academy Award. Loeb, who had been critical of Jack Nicholson's portrayal of the Joker in 1989's Batman, expressed his excitement for Ledger's interpretation, saying the casting felt "just about right. I just do things. By. [22] It was revealed that Ledger had read Grant Morrison's writing of The Clown at Midnight (Batman #663) and based the list upon the Batman writer's prose. More than just a story of good versus evil, The Dark Knight was a film that shattered the box office in 2008, telling the gripping tale of the struggle between Batman and best supporting actor Heath Ledger as the Joker. [57], Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times stated that Heath Ledger's portrayal is a "key performance" and pondered whether he would become the first posthumous Academy Award-winning actor since Peter Finch in 1976. When the film was released in July 2008, six months after Ledger died from an accidental overdose, the performance received universal acclaim and numerous posthumous accolades, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. You know, Heath Ledger, Joker, didn't make any sense to people at all. [13] Ledger was given Alan Moore's graphic novel Batman: The Killing Joke for preparation for the role, as well as Grant Morrison's graphic novel Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth, which he "really tried to read and put it down". [19] The director and his leading actors all liked the idea of shooting the key scene early on. [9], Application of Heath Ledger's makeup was done with the actor scrunching special facial expressions. In addition, largely due to that incarnation's popularity that regarded his very dark nature, several later incarnations of the Joker were depicted in a similarly dark manner. Take a look at the film and television career of Sylvie's Love star Tessa Thompson. "It was tremendously emotional, right when he passed, having to go back in and look at him every day [during editing]", Nolan recalled. The actor was found dead … To prevent Wayne Enterprises M&A law accountant Coleman Reese (Joshua Harto) from revealing Batman's secret identity on TV, the Joker announces that he will blow up a hospital if Reese is not dead within 60 minutes. [8] Impressed with Ledger's determination, Nolan cast him in the part. [29], To get in character for filming, Ledger used his Joker diary which he carried with him on set. Time: 00:51:20. Image Source : HEATH LEDGER/ INSTAGRAM For the unversed, The Dark Knight grossed over $1 billion at the box office with Heath Ledger bagging Best Supporting Actor Oscar posthumously. [17] Nolan later acknowledged the scene to be his favorite in the film, saying "I had never seen anybody sell a punch the way Heath was able to do with Christian. [10], Film critics, co-stars Maggie Gyllenhaal and Michael Caine, and many of Ledger's colleagues in the film community joined Bale in calling for and predicting a nomination for the 2008 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in recognition of Ledger's performance in The Dark Knight. "[49], Heath Ledger's portrayal of the Joker received widespread critical acclaim, winning numerous posthumous awards for his performance, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor,[51] a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture,[52] the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role,[53] the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor,[54] a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role,[55] and a Best Actor International Award at the 2008 Australian Film Institute Awards. The Joker is a fictional character who appears in Christopher Nolan's 2008 superhero film The Dark Knight, based upon the DC Comics character and supervillain of the same name. Ever. The actor developed the physical appearance of the character, being "very involved" with the painting of his face, says prosthetic supervisor Conor O'Sullivan. Having shot … The Joker is not mentioned in The Dark Knight Rises, the 2012 sequel to The Dark Knight, out of respect for Ledger's memory. Batman saves Dent, who is disfigured in the explosion, but Rachel is killed. Director Christopher Nolan talks about his conversations with Heath Ledger about the Joker. By Ben Sherlock Nov 16, 2020 Nolan acknowledges this unpredictability to be part of the character's slinky physical movements as well, saying that Ledger's performance "[is] always a surprise". Friday and The Dark Knight Actor Tommy 'Tiny' Lister Dead at 62. English, USA. [19], – Scrawlings from Heath Ledger's Joker diary[22], During a span of six weeks, Ledger "locked" himself away in a hotel room, forming a character diary and experimenting with voices. Just like with James Bond, or even Batman himself, it’s no small news when an actor signs on to play the infamous Dark Knight nemesis. The Dark Knight: Paul Bettany Was Rumored To Play The Joker When Batman Begins was in development, Christopher Nolan offered Heath Ledger the role of Batman, but they both agreed that he was not the right one for it. It's hard to get a handle on how those elements combine. [63] David Denby of The New Yorker, otherwise critical of the film, praised Ledger's "sinister and frightening" performance, which he says is the film's one element of success. [59] Kevin Smith commented on Ledger, calling his "incredible" performance among "the most frightening, smart and well-played villains ever. [33] At the end of shooting, on his Joker diary's final page, Ledger wrote "BYE BYE". "[60] Mark Lee, writing for The Daily Telegraph, commented that Ledger accomplished "a genuinely unsettling, brilliant nuanced portrait of evil". [6] Gilliam helped Ledger put on a clown act for that film, an experience the actor later acknowledged as an influence for his performance as the Joker. When hunky, twenty-year-old heart-throb Heath Ledger first came to the attention of the public in 1999, it was all too easy to tag him as a "pretty boy" and an actor of little depth. Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight” Heath Ledger as the Joker ©Warner Bros/Courtesy Everett C It was Heath Ledger’s 2008 performance that first brought the Joker from part to art. His face is covered in a cracked and runny layer of white clown makeup, with his sunken eyes thickly rimmed in black. His work consisted of nineteen films, including 10 Things I Hate About You (1999), The Patriot (2000), A Knight's Tale (2001), Monster's Ball (2001), Lords of Dogtown (2005), Brokeback Mountain (2005), Candy (2006), The Dark Knight Later, the Joker kills Gambol and takes over his gang. [18], The character's mannerisms carry a quality of unpredictability. The Joker kills Lau and the Chechen, burns his half of the mob's money and takes over the Chechen's gang. As the Joker wears a mask through the scene with minimal dialogue, Nolan set the prologue first in the schedule because he wanted to put off performance worries, allowing Ledger to enjoy that relief. [48], However, with the first trailer released in 2007, the film and its portrayal of the Joker received very positive response from audiences and entertainment industry professionals alike. I am a dog chasing cars… I wouldn’t know what to do with one if I caught it. And I just instantly had an idea of how to do it. [58], Mark Dinning from Empire magazine called Ledger's performance "monumental" and wrote "The Dark Knight is Ledger's movie. 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The patterns and designs chosen were very popular during the Victorian and Edwardian periods; however, they are given an eccentric twist using the purple and green color palette. This is the definitive Joker", calling the performance "a masterpiece". Bale confirmed that Ledger did not perform the Joker's voice during rehearsals, waiting to get in character when the cameras rolled. Christopher Hooton, writing for The Independent, said that the 'Joker journal' had several stills from Stanley Kubrick's film A Clockwork Orange, joker cards, photos of hyenas, unhinged clown makeup and the word "chaos" highlighted in green. While test recording without sound, he shared his take on the Joker's voice and physicality, and "in that way he sort of sneaked upon it".[19]. It is a towering performance. The worst of the worst were sent here, except for the Joker, who, rumor had it, was locked away as Arkham’s sole remaining inmate. The Joker is a fictional character who appears in Christopher Nolan's 2008 superhero film The Dark Knight, based upon the DC Comics character and supervillain of the same name. Jay Yaws-December 15, 2020. [20], Steve Alexander, Heath Ledger's agent, said the actor had a "pay-or-play" deal on The Dark Knight, "so he felt free to do whatever he wanted to do as the Joker, no matter how crazy." He spent several years trying desperately to sway this image, but this was a double-edged sword. Hugo Stange? [35][39][40][41], On 31 July 2006, The Dark Knight was officially announced by Warner Bros with the casting of Heath Ledger as the Joker. "[27] Costume designer Lindy Hemming picked inspiration for the "chaotic" look from such countercultural pop culture artists as Iggy Pop, Johnny Rotten, and Sid Vicious. [57] Travers praised the cast, saying each brings his or her "'A' game" to the film. The Joker then escapes the police station with Lau. The Fire Rises: The Creation and Impact of the Dark Knight Trilogy, 2013. However, Nolan kept him on his list, and was his first option when casting the Joker for The Dark Knight. https://www.menshealth.com/entertainment/g29365030/joker-actors-list [5], Director Christopher Nolan had met with Ledger over the years for different roles. [24], Ledger highlighted the importance of finding an iconic voice and laugh for the character, relating the voice as "the key to the demented killer". American Batman writers Paul Dini and Jeph Loeb both chimed with the positive reactions. Of course, Ledger’s Joker performance in The Dark Knight was just as lauded as the one Phoenix gave in Joker, as it earned him the Best Supporting Actor award at the 2009 Academy Awards. The cast and creators of "The Stand" sound off on their Stephen King adaptation and its serious 2020 vibes. After playing roles in several Australian television and film productions during the 1990s, Ledger moved to the United States in 1998 to further develop his film career. For The Hollywood Reporter, Kirk Honeycutt called Ledger's performance "a beauty". Furthermore, it contains a list of things the Joker would find funny, such as AIDS, landmines, and geniuses suffering brain damage. He's laughing red and black and red and black till there's nothing left to laugh. I don’t have a plan … The mob has plans. The filmmaker also acknowledged that the voice performance was based on the Alexander technique. "[7] Casting director John Papsidera reflected on the casting choice, saying the filmmakers knew they needed somebody courageous to play the part. Heath Ledger turned down playing the … Nolan was impressed enough with the first video shoot that he chose to not be present when Ledger shot the video with a kidnapped reporter (Anthony Michael Hall). 0. 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