Ledger TDK interview
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 Iíll answer your question (laughs), heís 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 thereís 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 donít know itís always a very personal process in terms of how you land in your characters shoes, so to speak, Itís 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 donít know. (laughs) I really donít know what to say, I feel like Iíll be assassinated if I tell you something wrongÖ