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Take a brief but fascinating look inside Heath Ledger's Joker diary

05.31.2013

For those who consider THE DARK KNIGHT to be overrated, one fact about the movie that cannot be argued is the sheer brilliance in Heath Ledger's performance as The Joker. When news of Ledger's passing hit the news before the release of the film, many drew conclusions that his method approach to becoming The Joker may have played a significant part in his death. Ledger discussed difficulty sleeping and other issues that began with his role in THE DARK KNIGHT.

A tragic loss for his family, we may never know everything that led to his death and are stuck only with what was left behind. One of those items was a journal that Ledger created when developing his iconic take on The Joker. Ledger discussed this journal when talking about THE DARK KNIGHT and how he locked himself in a London hotel room for a month to create it.

Ledger's father Kim currently has the diary and he shared it with a French television crew. This brief look inside Heath Ledger's approach to the role is fascinating and heartbreaking at the same time. It truly shows the levels of depravity he took himself to in his own mind to achieve the powerful, Oscar-winning performance that we will be able to treasure forever. Check out the video below with the English translation below that.

This is the Joker’s diary. In order to inhabit his character, he locked himself up in a hotel room for weeks. He would do that. He liked to dive into his characters, but this time he really took it up a notch. The hospital scene is interesting because when he was a kid, his sister Kate liked to dress him up as a nurse. He was really funny like that. He also was in the movie. This is a make-up test which was done eight months before. Before the end of the shooting he wrote “bye bye” on the back of the page. It was hard to see this.

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Source: The Film Stage

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2:35PM on 06/03/2013

I still miss Heath

5 years later and I still get sad when I read the "In loving memory of our friend Heath Ledger" at the end of "The Dark Knight".
Last July, I went to the trilogy showing on the IMAX and everyone exploded into thunderous applause when Ledger revealed the Joker's face in the opening prologue. Heath, you will never be forgotten, the world loves and misses you.
5 years later and I still get sad when I read the "In loving memory of our friend Heath Ledger" at the end of "The Dark Knight".
Last July, I went to the trilogy showing on the IMAX and everyone exploded into thunderous applause when Ledger revealed the Joker's face in the opening prologue. Heath, you will never be forgotten, the world loves and misses you.
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11:30PM on 05/31/2013
The guy did such amazing work. That moment when his parents and sister went onstage to accept the Oscar on his behalf, saying it would be inherited by his daughter when she turns 18...such a tearjerking moment. He's truly left behind a masterwork to remember him by.
The guy did such amazing work. That moment when his parents and sister went onstage to accept the Oscar on his behalf, saying it would be inherited by his daughter when she turns 18...such a tearjerking moment. He's truly left behind a masterwork to remember him by.
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10:05PM on 05/31/2013
Wow. I'm speechless.
Wow. I'm speechless.
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8:38PM on 05/31/2013

Should be published !

Here is the link for the whole documentary. Unfortunately, it was for French TV, so it's dubbed a along. [link]
Here is the link for the whole documentary. Unfortunately, it was for French TV, so it's dubbed a along. [link]
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6:01PM on 05/31/2013
Incredible.
Incredible.
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4:46PM on 05/31/2013
Didn't he say himself that the voice of the Joker came from a 70s Tom Waits interview.
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Didn't he say himself that the voice of the Joker came from a 70s Tom Waits interview.
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4:41PM on 05/31/2013

legend.

Ive always wanted to read what he wrote down in that hotel room.

But id totally understand if it never gets published in its entirety.
Ive always wanted to read what he wrote down in that hotel room.

But id totally understand if it never gets published in its entirety.
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4:35PM on 05/31/2013

He was AMAZING as the Joker

I've always wondered how Rises would have been if the Joker had returned....maybe we could have seen elements of death in the family? Killing Joke? so many great story lines that could have happend
I've always wondered how Rises would have been if the Joker had returned....maybe we could have seen elements of death in the family? Killing Joke? so many great story lines that could have happend
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4:39PM on 05/31/2013
Imagine they went down the long halloween/dark vengeance route.
That would have been amazing.
Imagine they went down the long halloween/dark vengeance route.
That would have been amazing.
4:40PM on 05/31/2013
Dark victory.
My bad.
Dark victory.
My bad.
8:25AM on 06/01/2013
That would have been great, JGL would have been a great Holiday instead of "Robin" maybe we can get that storyline once it's rebooted
That would have been great, JGL would have been a great Holiday instead of "Robin" maybe we can get that storyline once it's rebooted
4:32PM on 05/31/2013
Interesting how he constructed that to get into such a dark and psychologically twisted role.
Interesting how he constructed that to get into such a dark and psychologically twisted role.
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3:51PM on 05/31/2013
What do we have to do to get him to publish that?
What do we have to do to get him to publish that?
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3:43PM on 05/31/2013
The saddest thing about this is that his daughter will really never know who he was.

He truly gave one of the greatest performances of all time playing the Joker.

It's just so difficult to think how much better Dark Knight Rises could have been if he hadn't passed away way before his time. Would have love to have seen him and Bale go at it one more time.
The saddest thing about this is that his daughter will really never know who he was.

He truly gave one of the greatest performances of all time playing the Joker.

It's just so difficult to think how much better Dark Knight Rises could have been if he hadn't passed away way before his time. Would have love to have seen him and Bale go at it one more time.
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3:33PM on 05/31/2013
I am speechless to how perfectly he embodied the Joker. I am happy this will be remembered throughout the years in film history. Hell, a lifetime.
I am speechless to how perfectly he embodied the Joker. I am happy this will be remembered throughout the years in film history. Hell, a lifetime.
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3:32PM on 05/31/2013
I heard about this and assumed it would be on the DVD/BluRay when it was release.

One of this things I remember being mentioned was how Joker finds AIDS funny.
I heard about this and assumed it would be on the DVD/BluRay when it was release.

One of this things I remember being mentioned was how Joker finds AIDS funny.
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