A Look Inside Heath Ledger's Joker Diary
I still remember the day I found out Heath Ledger died. I was home from school, I was a senior at my high school. I checked my cellphone when I got home and noticed that an old buddy who had graduated ahead of me had called me. We used to go to movies and talk movies before he graduated last year, a real cool dude who knew his movies. His voice mail told me that Heath Ledger had passed away abruptly.
Shocked, confusion and wonderment crossed my mind all at the same time. Ledger was only 28 when he died, how could this had happened? When my dad got home from work that night, he asked if I had heard the news and I remember he was just as confused as I was. I felt as if this made me even more curious to see "The Dark Knight" that upcoming summer.
I remember in 2007 when it was announced that Ledger would be playing The Joker in "The Dark Knight." I remember a lot of people panned the idea right away. Me? I was curious if anything, could the pretty boy from "The Patriot" and "10 Things I Hate About You" really pull off the most notorious supervillain in all of comics? Of course, when the movie came out, it was like a bomb going off. Ledger had pulled off the unthinkable. All I could think about for the upcoming weeks was how robbed we were of an actor who was primed to be someone special. I don't know how many of you saw "The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus" but that was Ledger's official final film. It's actually quite good if you ask me, but that movie is very weird in much different way compared to "The Dark Knight." I still sit and ponder how dynamic Ledger's career would have been, if he were still alive today.
In Germany, there is a documentary series entitled "To Young To Die" a series which just featured Heath Ledger. On the series, Heath's father Kim Ledger shows us the diary Ledger kept while he worked on "The Dark Knight."
Kim Ledger discusses how Heath used to get himself wrapped up in all of his characters, but for The Joker in particular Heath spent many nights locked in hotel room creating this character. The diary has many pictures of "A Clockwork Orange." Which is a movie director Christopher Nolan had Heath study to prepare for his character in "The Dark Knight."
What's really eerie is that the final page of the diary has the words "BYE BYE" written on them. Very eerie indeed.
This just goes to show that we were robbed of a true talent too soon. Here's to Heath Ledger.