Heath Ledger's alleged inspiration in his Joker portrayal

Much has been said about Heath Ledger's performance in The Dark Knight - many have postulated that it was the intensity of the role that ultimately lead to the unexpected tragedy of his death. As a performance it'll go down as one of the greats and it's a shame that we won't get to see him do anything like it again, but what of his inspiration - how did he create such a rounded, believable performance of a totally unbelievable character?

Check out the video above - the parallels between Ledger's joker and Tom Waits in this 1979 interview aren't just uncanny, they're eerie. Almost as if Ledger was channeling Waits in his mannerisms, ticks and even vocal styling. To add further poignancy to Ledger's final performance, the film he was shooting at the time of his death (Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus), saw the actor working alongside Waits bringing the tale full circle...

Last updated: 07/08/2018 01:22:40

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