Heath Ledger, The One Who Recreated The Legendary Joker

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Heath Ledger

 Heath Ledger was an Australian actor, music video director, and an excellent chess player. Heath Ledger was an avid chess player who won Western Australia’s junior chess championship at age ten. As an adult, he played with other chess enthusiasts at Washington Square Park. At the time of his death, he was planning on performing in and directing an adaptation of the 1983 chess-related novel “The Queen’s Gambit” by Walter Trevis. It would have been his first feature film as a director.

    In Australia, after performing in several t.v shows, he decided to make his career in Hollywood, so he refused all the t.v shows and left for the United States. But it wasn’t that easy for him to became an actor in Hollywood. He was at just $150. When he got a role in “Ten Things, I Hate About You”. Later he played a role in several films, in 2005 he was offered to as Batman for the “Batman Begin” movie, but he refused it and told that he would never take part in a superhero film. But when he got an offer to play a role as a supervillain for the movie named “The Dark Night”, he signed for it. For preparing his iconic role of “The Joker” in “The Dark Knight” Heath Ledger locked himself for a month in a hotel room at London. He stayed alone for the whole month and practised for his role. Heath Ledger maintained a diary in which Heath Ledger jotted down a list of things that the Joker would find funny which included blind babies, AIDS, seriously injured doctors, geniuses with brain damage, landmines, brunch and sombrero. According to his father, he used to get into his character very profoundly, but his iconic role of Joker was far more than others.

      The unusual makeup of the Joker was done by Heath Ledger himself. The composition was an integral part of the overall personality of The Joker, and it was Heath Ledger who designed the white makeup himself. He used white clown makeup and cosmetics from a drugstore, and if you have noticed his hands with a little paint on it, the reason was that he wanted the audience to see that The Joker in the movie did his makeup. The design was approved, and the makeup team for the film worked on it every day of the shoot. During the interrogation scene in The Dark Knight, Heath Ledger insisted Bruce Wayne-played by Christian Bale- to beat him as hard as he could. He wanted his co-star to take a swing at him as hard as Batman would so that he-as-the-joker would get a real feel of the scene.

     Soon he was in the character of Joker, a psychopath. His acting was so real that one day Heath Ledger scared Michael Caine (Alfred) so bad, he forgot his lines. He perfectly played the role which was later liked by everyone. It was around two to three months since Heath Ledger completed the movie “The Dark Knight”, unfortunately, news came which said that Heath Ledger was dead. He died on 22 January of 2008 because of cardiac arrest brought on by prescription drug intoxication.