The peak of acting career for Ledger was the role of the Joker in the film of Chris Nolan's "The Dark Knight." According to Michael Caine (partner Ledger in the film), has surpassed the Joker Hit by Jack Nicholson in "Batman" (1989):
Jack looked like a clown, kind, but at the same time and the evil murderer of girls. He could be funny and make you laugh. Heath went completely the other way, his Joker was truly frightening psihopatom.Keyn knows what he is talking about, because when I first saw Heath's Joker in the image on the set, in fact, frightened and forgotten lyrics of their role. The film directed by Christopher Nolan, responding to a reporter's question, "Why should play the Joker Heath Ledger?" Replied, "Because he's fearless».
Ledger for a month locked in the hotel to get ready for the role: To develop facial expressions, gestures and voice of the Joker, kept a diary, writing to all that, in his opinion, I thought and felt his character.
Interestingly, some habits of the Joker Heath took Alex from "A Clockwork Orange" (1971), and Sid Vicious of the group «Sex pistols». Later, the actor described his character as "schizophrenic clown with a thrust to the massacres, without a shadow of a psychopath compassion».
In a recent interview Ledger said that it was necessary for determination of the resistance and discipline, since it required a great commitment every day. Daily makeup takes a little less than an hour. But the actor's efforts were not in vain: the film set a record by making the most successful premiere weekend in film history - 155, 3 million dollars.
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