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Ledger TDK interview

06.25.2008

Heath Ledger, THE DARK KNIGHT When FHM visited the set of THE DARK KNIGHT last year, they got a chance to speak to Heath Ledger about his incredibly fierce performance as the sociopathic Joker. He's surprisingly candid about the process he underwent to create the Joker and, though there's not a lot of new material revealed, it serves as a reminder of what an immensely talented actor he was. Check out a snippet below.

How did you build your character? Did you start with the comic books or the movies or the TV series?

A bit of both. Like I sat around a hotel room in London, for about a month and I just locked myself away and formed a little diary and experimented with voices and I’ll answer your question (laughs), he’s you know I ended up making him within the realm of a psychopath kind of like zero empathy or very little to no conscience towards his acts which is fun because there’s no real limits on their boundaries to what he would say or how he would say something or what he would do. So, yeah that, I don’t know it’s always a very personal process in terms of how you land in your characters shoes, so to speak, It’s a combination of reading all the comic books I could and the script, and then just really closing my eyes and meditating on it. Chris and I very much see eye to eye on how the character should be played, and that was evident from the first kind of meeting we had on the project. We both had identical images in our minds and so I went away, found it, came back.

Do we see the man behind The Joker?

I don’t know. (laughs) I really don’t know what to say, I feel like I’ll be assassinated if I tell you something wrong…

Read the rest of it over HERE. THE DARK KNIGHT opens July 18th.

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11:20AM on 06/30/2008
guys, please see the movie before getting into argument about if Heath deserves an Oscar, he looks amazing in it right now, but you never know
guys, please see the movie before getting into argument about if Heath deserves an Oscar, he looks amazing in it right now, but you never know
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4:05AM on 06/27/2008

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I'm not hating at all. I'm more worried about the Academy. Do I think Heath would deserve an Oscar for this? Fuck yeah! Do I think the Academy would give it to him? Eh, I don't know.

I really hope he does, but then I look at a movie like The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford, and it only had Casey Affleck's nom and a nom for cinematography, if I remember right. Nothing for script, no best picture noms. Nothing for Pitt, who did an amazing job as Jesse James. Nothing for
I'm not hating at all. I'm more worried about the Academy. Do I think Heath would deserve an Oscar for this? Fuck yeah! Do I think the Academy would give it to him? Eh, I don't know.

I really hope he does, but then I look at a movie like The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford, and it only had Casey Affleck's nom and a nom for cinematography, if I remember right. Nothing for script, no best picture noms. Nothing for Pitt, who did an amazing job as Jesse James. Nothing for Andrew Dominik, who directed a western masterpiece.

At any rate, Heath Ledger should get his posthumous Oscar, and I hope the Academy realizes it too.
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4:46PM on 06/26/2008

No Oscar for Heath??

Give me a fucking break. He was one of the more underappreciated and misunderstood actors of the last 10 years, stuck in teeny bopper roles until he eventually broke out and started doing his dramatic turns.. which are now stuff of legend.

They won't take his performance in the dark knight seriously enough for an oscar nod? But Jack Sparrow gets one? Come on guys.. this isn't Jack Nicholson's Joker. This is a serious, crime driven movie based on a comic book character in real life
Give me a fucking break. He was one of the more underappreciated and misunderstood actors of the last 10 years, stuck in teeny bopper roles until he eventually broke out and started doing his dramatic turns.. which are now stuff of legend.

They won't take his performance in the dark knight seriously enough for an oscar nod? But Jack Sparrow gets one? Come on guys.. this isn't Jack Nicholson's Joker. This is a serious, crime driven movie based on a comic book character in real life settings.. this isn't Batman: The Movie.

And what is so hard to believe about Heath getting an Oscar nod for this movie? It's written and directed by an incredible, oscar nominated director/writer. It stars two of the most fiercely underrated actors of our time in Christian Bale and Gary Oldman. A 6 time oscar nominee and 2 time winner in Cane, a 4 time nominee in Morgan Freeman, and 2 who could win some day in Maggie and Eckhart. There's no reason the academy would not pay attention to this movie.

Remember how ridiculous you sounded when you walked out of Lord of the Rings a nerdy fanboy orgasming in your pants about hobbits, elves, and cave trolls? And how it was the best movie ever and should win best picture? Well it got nominated.. all three of them did, with Return of the King becoming one of the biggest academy award winners ever. I have no idea why this movie can't be recognized if it is something truly special, or a spectacle of movie making. Let alone why Heath Ledger can't be recognized for slipping into this role and completely transforming himself. Stop the hate.
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3:01PM on 06/26/2008
"I don’t know. (laughs) I really don’t know what to say, I feel like I’ll be assassinated if I tell you something wrong…"

Ohhhhhhh boy. I don't know if I should be righteously indignant that you included that answer, or if I should make a tasteless joke about it. I sort of wish I could do both.
"I don’t know. (laughs) I really don’t know what to say, I feel like I’ll be assassinated if I tell you something wrong…"

Ohhhhhhh boy. I don't know if I should be righteously indignant that you included that answer, or if I should make a tasteless joke about it. I sort of wish I could do both.
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9:25AM on 06/26/2008

the dude... just fell

RIP Heath, bringing the Joker to life just costed you so much.

RIP Heath, bringing the Joker to life just costed you so much.

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5:34AM on 06/26/2008

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My bad. I for some reason get the titles mixed up sometimes. So, it will probably be Dr. Parnassus that Ledger gets his Oscar for, but I hope that they give it to him for TDK.
My bad. I for some reason get the titles mixed up sometimes. So, it will probably be Dr. Parnassus that Ledger gets his Oscar for, but I hope that they give it to him for TDK.
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2:26AM on 06/26/2008
A truly amazing dude. A great loss to the entertainment community. R.I.P Heath.
A truly amazing dude. A great loss to the entertainment community. R.I.P Heath.
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2:27AM on 06/26/2008
A truly amazing dude. A great loss to the entertainment community. R.I.P Heath.
A truly amazing dude. A great loss to the entertainment community. R.I.P Heath.
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2:26AM on 06/26/2008
A truly amazing dude. A great loss to the entertainment community. R.I.P Heath.
A truly amazing dude. A great loss to the entertainment community. R.I.P Heath.
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12:23AM on 06/26/2008

pure talent

Read the review, read the interview and all that's left now is to wait for what will be probably one of the greatest films to come out in years.

I know Nolan has created some kind of monster with this movie, and I really hope audiences everywhere line up in droves to see this film.

Just reading about the processes Ledger would go through to reach some kind of idea of what the Joker "is" really blows my mind. You can tell how scatter brained he is when reading the transcript from the
Read the review, read the interview and all that's left now is to wait for what will be probably one of the greatest films to come out in years.

I know Nolan has created some kind of monster with this movie, and I really hope audiences everywhere line up in droves to see this film.

Just reading about the processes Ledger would go through to reach some kind of idea of what the Joker "is" really blows my mind. You can tell how scatter brained he is when reading the transcript from the review; granted he's trying to withhold from saying too much, but at the same time you can see the creativity flowing behind his words.

Ledger's performance will for better or worse steal the show and leave the Batman running in close second for who's really running the show on July 18th.

**As I read the interview I had the album "Cult Fiction" by Spitfire playing in the background. Perfect soundtrack for the madness that will ensue in The Dark Knight.
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11:44PM on 06/25/2008
Amazing interview, and that Rolling Stone review just got me excited even more than I already was. Although, two replies to comments below:
- Elessar, it's Dr. Parnassus that Ledger is in, not Magorium which was the Dustin Hoffman/Natalie Portman film that came out a while back.
- Muttly69, it was revealed later that Nicholson had been misquoted, he'd said "I warned them" in reference to the fact that he'd issued a public warning about the effects of some of the sleeping pills Ledger was
Amazing interview, and that Rolling Stone review just got me excited even more than I already was. Although, two replies to comments below:
- Elessar, it's Dr. Parnassus that Ledger is in, not Magorium which was the Dustin Hoffman/Natalie Portman film that came out a while back.
- Muttly69, it was revealed later that Nicholson had been misquoted, he'd said "I warned them" in reference to the fact that he'd issued a public warning about the effects of some of the sleeping pills Ledger was taking. Nicholson had never told Ledger himself, he'd just mentioned publicly that he'd had some problems with them.

If you're having trouble reading the Rolling Stone review, you need to copy the first line, then paste it in the address bar, then copy the second line, and so on... until you have the whole thing (including the 'ht' on the third line)
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11:30PM on 06/25/2008

Heath will get on Oscar

But probably not for The Dark Knight. I don't see the Academy taking a Batman movie serisously. He'll more than likely get it for Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium. I hope I am wrong though. I am so stoked to see this movie! The link to the Rolling Stone review didn't work, unfortunately. But I already know it's going to kick massive amounts of ass. I predict it will probably hit the $1bil mark inside a month.
But probably not for The Dark Knight. I don't see the Academy taking a Batman movie serisously. He'll more than likely get it for Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium. I hope I am wrong though. I am so stoked to see this movie! The link to the Rolling Stone review didn't work, unfortunately. But I already know it's going to kick massive amounts of ass. I predict it will probably hit the $1bil mark inside a month.
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8:00PM on 06/25/2008

R.I.P.

Although I'm looking forward to seeing what happens with the scarecrow and two-face, Joker will definitely steal the show. I agree w/ mr.edwin, unlike other comic book films where you can tell the actor who is playing the villian, heath as the joker is totally unrecognizable.
Although I'm looking forward to seeing what happens with the scarecrow and two-face, Joker will definitely steal the show. I agree w/ mr.edwin, unlike other comic book films where you can tell the actor who is playing the villian, heath as the joker is totally unrecognizable.
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7:42PM on 06/25/2008

hmm

seems like heath really gets lost into his character. everytime i see a TDK trailer or snippet, i dont see heath ledger, i see a completely different character...i see the joker! that's true acting right there. and i know he's going to pull it off. for what he said in the interview, you can tell he was devoted to this. heath gets my applaud and praises. good job sir.
seems like heath really gets lost into his character. everytime i see a TDK trailer or snippet, i dont see heath ledger, i see a completely different character...i see the joker! that's true acting right there. and i know he's going to pull it off. for what he said in the interview, you can tell he was devoted to this. heath gets my applaud and praises. good job sir.
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7:26PM on 06/25/2008
It's kinda weird reading an interview of someone who just died...
It's kinda weird reading an interview of someone who just died...
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5:17PM on 06/25/2008
Hey override thanks for posting the review! I just wonder what happens to the Joker in this movie so that they can explain him not being in the 3rd. Damn think how cool it would be to have him in TWO Batman movies.
Hey override thanks for posting the review! I just wonder what happens to the Joker in this movie so that they can explain him not being in the 3rd. Damn think how cool it would be to have him in TWO Batman movies.
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5:02PM on 06/25/2008

WOW

Jack Nicolson said that he told Heath “take it easy with the pills” weeks before he’s O.D. So he got to meet him.
Jack Nicolson said that he told Heath “take it easy with the pills” weeks before he’s O.D. So he got to meet him.
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3:48PM on 06/25/2008
dammit, the guy was so fucking cool
dammit, the guy was so fucking cool
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3:25PM on 06/25/2008
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Just read that review motherfuckers!!!

Guys prob gonna get nominated
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Just read that review motherfuckers!!!

Guys prob gonna get nominated
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2:38PM on 06/25/2008
indeed a great interview, and he seemed like such a pleasant guy. i really enjoyed reading it. it's really too bad that he isn't still around.

he seemed so committed to the joker, and i can't wait to see tdk when it comes out. he is missed.
indeed a great interview, and he seemed like such a pleasant guy. i really enjoyed reading it. it's really too bad that he isn't still around.

he seemed so committed to the joker, and i can't wait to see tdk when it comes out. he is missed.
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2:33PM on 06/25/2008
Good interview. A sad, sad loss. And we'll never really get to know what all went into making this role for him, or what would come after. I really hope there's a lot of behind the scenes footage for the DVD or something, a tribute. Can't wait for the film.
Good interview. A sad, sad loss. And we'll never really get to know what all went into making this role for him, or what would come after. I really hope there's a lot of behind the scenes footage for the DVD or something, a tribute. Can't wait for the film.
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1:59PM on 06/25/2008
RIP Heath. Good interview. Some funny moments. Although that last question is depressing considering what would be said after his death. . .
RIP Heath. Good interview. Some funny moments. Although that last question is depressing considering what would be said after his death. . .
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1:39PM on 06/25/2008

Awesome..

Great interview.

I really miss him :(

R.I.P., Mr. Ledger.
Great interview.

I really miss him :(

R.I.P., Mr. Ledger.
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