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15 Messed Up Facts You Never Knew About Heath Ledger’s Joker

on Dec, 16 2016 1071429 views
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Heath Ledger was one of the youngest actors to take on the role of the Joker and did an outstanding job of portraying the man on the brink of madness, despite his predecessors. Heath’s journey into the mind of the Joker almost caused a sense of madness in himself. Rumors swirled that Heath took things too far when he prepared for his role of the Joker and his obsession led to depression and soon death from an overdose. That’s speculation of course, but many people saw Heath change through his portrayal of the character. He truly left no stone unturned and gave us one of the best Jokers in movie history. Take a look at what it meant for Heath Ledger to truly be the man behind The Joker.
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#1. Heath Wanted to be Batman

Doesn’t everyone, though? You can’t blame the guy for trying. When it came time to audition for the movie Heath wanted the role of Batman. Personally, I couldn’t even imagine it; it just seems so out of sorts. Apparently, the producers thought the same thing because although they let him audition they told him they weren’t going to go with him. Christian Bale ended up getting the role of Batman, and the rest is history. It wasn’t until later on that they decided he would be good for the role of The Joker. It turned out they were right because it won him an Oscar in the end. It wouldn’t be the first time that an actor went in for one role and came out with another. Jennifer Aniston wanted the role of Monica when she auditioned and how weird would that have been?

#2. Heath’s Joker Terrified Michael Caine

Michael Caine has been around for many of the Batman movies, and he’s been a staple of the franchise. He had never seen anything like Heath’s version of The Joker however, and it scared him. Many believed that Jack Nicholson was the best Joker out there, but Caine admitted that there was a clear difference between the two. Jack’s character had a sense of humor, and his makeup was almost clown-like whereas the portrayal that Heath offered the world was one of a true psychopath. The first time that Michael Caine saw Heath in full makeup was during the elevator scene. He seemed like such a terrifying psychopath that Michael forgot his lines. Maggie Gyllenhaal who played Batman’s love interest couldn’t even look at Heath when he came in the room. He scared them both so badly that he proved that he could truly portray a psychopath

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