Heath Ledger is “The Joker”

DC Comics’ “Dark Knight” starring Christian Bale as Batman, hits theaters nationwide this week (release date July 18, 2008).
Reviews lean towards the favorable reception of actor Heath Ledger’s interpretation of “The Joker” in spite of early doubt.
In his second-to-last role, Ledger had the chance to be the youngest actor to portray the Clown Prince of Crime, the Harlequin of Hate a/k/a that of the Joker, and there were concerns as to his suitability for the role.
The question might be: “Did playing the Joker wring the life force out of Ledger?”

Heath Ledger as the Joker originally (COA included) autographed, framed, exclusive tribute by NW Limited...History in Vogue - #4 of 7 (collection of the artist NFS)


“If you’re good at something, never do it for free.” – Heath Ledger as the Joker

No matter how you feel about Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the witty, wisecracking nemesis to DC Comics’ Batman, “The Joker” was a tough role to play.  Actor Jack Nicholson said as much in a recent interview. 
Upon first hearing the news of Ledger’s demise, he said, “I warned him.”

Links:
The Dark Knight: Heath Ledger’s Batman movie smashes box office records
The Joker: Torn between good and evil (NPR)
Once-skeptical Batfans embrace Heath Ledger’s Joker (FOX News)
Heath Ledger Fan Site
Heath Ledger talks Joker
YouTube Heath Ledger as Joker trailer
The Dark Knight at IMDB

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  1. To say Heath Ledger’s performance as the joker is totally riveting is an understatement. Every nuance of facial expression, stooped walk, laugh, etc was relished with delight. He was totally delicious and I just couldn’t get enough of him. May God rest his soul.

  2. Let’s not spill too much ink over Nicholson and his out-of-joint nose, in comparisons between his interp of The Joker and Ledger’s. Ledger vanished utterly into his character, as he did with all his other roles, as a superb artist who held work first and ego second (or tenth); it may well have cost him dearly in frayed nerve endings, yes. But Nicholson never played anything except himself.

  3. how much is this???


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