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You don't have to be a genuine Batman enthusiast to agree that the late Heath Ledger's performance as The Joker in The Dark Knight is one of the most iconic villain portrayals the franchise has ever seen. Of course, Ledger went on to win an Oscar for the role — a necessary accolade given his dedication and sacrifice for the role.
Some suggest that Ledger's unusual and often frightening style of method acting contributed to his bout with drugs and depression and eventual suicide. Can you imagine channeling the mindset of a character as deranged as The Joker? It would surely take a tole on anyone's psyche and regardless of his legendary performance, we wish things had ended different for Heath — he was a rare talent and his absence is still very much felt in Hollywood.
When Christian Bale was asked what it was like to work with Ledger his answer was incredibly candid and spoke volumes of Heath's commitment to his role as The Joker. As per The Hollywood Reporter:
"As you see in the movie, Batman starts beating the Joker and realizes that this is not your ordinary foe. Because the more I beat him the more he enjoys it. The more I’m giving him satisfaction. Heath was behaving in a very similar fashion. He was kinda egging me on. I was saying, 'You know what, I really don’t need to actually hit you. It’s going to look just as good if I don’t.' And he’s going, 'Go on. Go on. Go on….' He was slamming himself around, and there were tiled walls inside of that set which were cracked and dented from him hurling himself into them. His commitment was total."
These newly released interviews are part of a larger text 100 Things Batman Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die by Joseph McCabe. McCabe interview Christopher Nolan, Christian Bale, and Heath Ledger between 2007-2008 around the time The Dark Knight was in production/later released. Ledger later passed away on January 22, 2008.
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