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Video: Heath Ledger's Father Shows Heath's Joker Diary from "The Dark Knight"

Posted: May 31st, 2013 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
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In order to prepare to play The Joker in "The Dark Knight," Heath Ledger locked himself in a London hotel room for a month to put together a diary that contained everything about the character.

The diary has plenty of notes that Ledger wrote, including things that would make The Joker laugh. Those things are blind babies, AIDS, seriously injured doctors, geniuses with brain damage, landmines, brunch and sombreros.

And now for the first time, we get a look into the diary, courtesy of a German documentary "Too Young To Die," which shows Heath's father, Kim, flipping through the pages. The video is only a minute long and difficult to understand, but thanks to some YouTube users, the rough translation is below:

"This is the Joker's diary. In order to inhabit his character, [Heath] 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... This is make-up test which was done eight months before."

"Before the end of the shoot, he wrote 'bye bye' on the back of the page. It was hard to see this.
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minkowski writes:
on May 31st, 2013 at 7:28:03 AM

"The diary has plenty of notes that Ledger wrote, including things that would make The Joker laugh. Those things are blind babies, AIDS, seriously injured doctors, geniuses with brain damage, landmines, brunch and sombreros."


Ledger in Joker-mode would have fit into Worstpreviews perfectly.

M. Bullitt writes:
on May 31st, 2013 at 7:37:20 AM

Best villain since Alan Rickman. (I'm sure they're few others but I can't think who else right now)

R.I.P Heath!
boogiel writes:
on May 31st, 2013 at 7:37:33 AM

Heath's performance as the Joker was the only thing that saved the movie.
Cinemaisdead writes:
on May 31st, 2013 at 8:26:50 AM

^ Yep, it shows how bad Nolan is at making you sympathise for characters. I didn't give a f*ck if Christian Bale died in that film, in fact i would have encouraged his death with that annoying voice. Heath's joker was the most charismatic, likeable guy in the film and he killed people for a living.
Deaft0ne writes:
on May 31st, 2013 at 8:30:07 AM

Jack Nicholson warned him.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzzTFJWOOXk
BadChadB33 writes:
on May 31st, 2013 at 8:34:25 AM

Weren't they originally gonna have The Joker back for Batman 3?
minkowski writes:
on May 31st, 2013 at 8:53:20 AM

^^Yeah but something got in the way and I can't remember what it was...
CelluloidMan writes:
on May 31st, 2013 at 9:19:30 AM

BadChad brings up a good point. One of my personal pet peeves of part 3 was that for such havoc The Joker made, he is really never brought up in part 3....in Batman's world, the Joker still lives and noone bothers to bring him up...not really.

Not to bust Cilian Murphy's balls, but even the f*cking Scarecrow gets to be segued into the trilogy and he's small potatoes in Batman's world. WTF?!

Anyway, such a loss for Legder's family and Hollywood. The guy really wanted to try new roles/ characters and got the challenging ones regularly...really into the craft.

You can tell he was also really respected in the actor community for having 3 talented actors help him finish his last project and being close friends with a 3 time Oscar winner.

Loss of a great talent...life is weird that way, this guy accidently overdoses himself on prescribed medication cause he couldn't sleep while f*cking Charlie Sheen pisses his talent away in every self destructive behavior and he still gets all this money and roles....ain't life grand?!
minkowski writes:
on May 31st, 2013 at 11:30:04 AM

"BadChad brings up a good point. One of my personal pet peeves of part 3 was that for such havoc The Joker made, he is really never brought up in part 3....in Batman's world, the Joker still lives and noone bothers to bring him up...not really."

Why would he? Ledger died and took the character with him, or at least that's how Nolan felt: he'd leave the Joker be, out of respect for Ledger. In fact, he's made his feelings clear on the matter more than once since Heath's passing five years ago.







"Not to bust Cilian Murphy's balls, but even the f*cking Scarecrow gets to be segued into the trilogy and he's small potatoes in Batman's world. WTF?!"


Probably because Cillian Murphy didn't die and create one of the largest media celebrity postmortem sensations since Prince Diana's death.

Respect, man. Respect. Can't be that difficult to understand.




"Anyway, such a loss for Legder's family and Hollywood."

For his family, yeah, sure, but for Hollywood? Give me a f*cking break. Most of the people alive before he died didn't know he was alive, and those that did weren't exactly crowing him the next James Stewart.

Ledger was a slightly better than average performer, uplifted in large part by a relaxed, likeable demeanor and dulcet accent. Beyond that, he wasn't much more than a gay cowboy and cross-dressing clown.






"You can tell he was also really respected in the actor community for having 3 talented actors help him finish his last project and being close friends with a 3 time Oscar winner."

Bullsh*t. They didn't have a choice. Heath's untimely self-termination left a huge whole in The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus. Fact is, they finished the film the way they did not out of some monumental, colossal respect for Heath but because it was the only way to assemble the fragmentary footage into something approaching a completed film.

And even with Heath's death, the damned film still didn't swoon the critics. Hell, it's barely fresh on RT, which means it must suck in some significant way.




"Loss of a great talent..."

A highly debatable statement....




"life is weird that way, this guy accidently overdoses himself on prescribed medication cause he couldn't sleep while f*cking Charlie Sheen pisses his talent away in every self destructive behavior and he still gets all this money and roles....ain't life grand?!"


Not really. Ledger wasn't a drug user/abuser which is why he killed himself. He didn't know what the f*ck he was doing, mixing drugs as he did, whereas Sheen has years of experience, and probably only snorts coke and hits the bong.
minkowski writes:
on May 31st, 2013 at 11:38:17 AM

Deleted sentence, regarding Imaginarium:

Sure, that was made possible in part because they liked the guy, because he killed himself and made a huge sympathetic spectacle, but that doesn't change the fact the footage they possessed likely couldn't have been assembled into a complete film any other way.
Kurskij writes:
on May 31st, 2013 at 11:45:35 AM

I liked Imaginarium. And kudos to Farrell/Law/Depp for helping out and, rumor has it, setting up a trust fund for his kid.

Small change for them, but a decent act.
CelluloidMan writes:
on May 31st, 2013 at 1:01:34 PM

Damn Mink, who sh*t in your cereal this morning...?! Tearing me new one on my post?! Fuuuck!! LOL..

Yeah, you explained some sh*t... it is Hollywood after all. So yeah, OK. I understand out of respect, Nolan didn't mention The Joker again...makes sense. Now that you mentioned Murphy, I just remembered he is a favorite of Nolan, even putting him in Inception...so that is that of him being all over. And why not? The guy has talent in spades...

As for being slightly better than the average actor...meh. Sorry he doesn't meet your expectations for performance but the guy was ON HIS WAY UP...sh*t, when he headlined 10 Things I Hate About You he was in his 20 and had been acting for years in Australia (out of high school). He made the gay cowboy & sadistic clown or as a drug addict in Candy as challenges just like D. Hoffman pulled off in Tootsie or Drugstore Cowboy... the f*cking roles that get you challenges that if done right gets respect from YOUR PEERS, fames (knowing him) usually comes after. Or like DDL who the f*ck knew him before his Oscars? But he was really respected even by that time...look at his time doing is craft, his age, and compare that when he started getting his awards...Ledger was on his way, bank on that. Dark Knight Oscar was another step on his way up.

No? Stephen Holden, critic writes on Ledger's Brokeback role as "It is a great screen performance, as good as the best of Marlon Brando and Sean Penn."...doesn't sound better than average to me.

As for they HAD to finish the movie...yeah man, of course. The could've gotten ANY-f*cking-BODY, they really could, but 3 friends volunteered out of their busy schedules to come up & finished up scenes by being different representations in different worlds...so that did it. And who were they? Hot talent FRIENDS of his...like movie pall bearers, if you will, so the audience could see his last movie.

As for killing himself, yeah, Sheen has more tolerance but is was more like rhetorical question. You know, type of why the good die young & the lost souls get more breaks...that type.

So hopefully that explains where I'm coming from, Mink...cheers.
Tanman32123 writes:
on May 31st, 2013 at 1:42:15 PM

"^^Yeah but something got in the way and I can't remember what it was..."

Good one lmao

Man, I hadn't even really known the actor up until his death and watching the Dark Knight. but man, he really got into the character. To have that much passion in acting.. it's remarkable
BadChadB33 writes:
on May 31st, 2013 at 2:01:14 PM

I know they weren't gonna have him back bc he died. I was trying to remember if parts 2 and 3 were supposed to a two story arc.
BadChadB33 writes:
on May 31st, 2013 at 2:04:12 PM

I remember the movie was supposed to open up at the trial of the joker.
Deaft0ne writes:
on May 31st, 2013 at 3:02:10 PM

Yeah due to Ledger's death they instead adapted Knightfall, No Man's Land, and added some Lazarus Pit elements for the prison for TDKR.
GreenLensman writes:
on May 31st, 2013 at 4:03:56 PM

Well, I can't say I didn't love Parnassus...That's where I knew Andrew Garfield from, thus providing ample "spider man" expectations, but nothing matched up...Pure disappointment. Pure let down of a movie...I wasn't expecting much, but an alternate reality spiderman was the least of my expectations. At least in sam raimi's version he was bitten by a mutated spider, I don't even remember the new version enough to explain what happened...He enters a room with like 200 spiders, and one of them bites him...All of a sudden one spider that has been under observation for god knows how long has DNA altering venom...Makes sense...spider sense..
Rocksteddy writes:
on May 31st, 2013 at 5:40:09 PM

Well this kind of bumps up my respect for Ledger. Not many actors dive into their characters like Heath did. That is true dedication.
Jarmiez writes:
on June 1st, 2013 at 12:56:35 AM

minkowski ifeel liiike in a way ledger in joker mode lives in all of us here at wp.com thus thrusting forth our even deeper guarantee were all going to hell. now know as hell/wp.com/comments
polardeficit writes:
on June 1st, 2013 at 1:02:30 AM

Alex this is french not german. Please tell me you can hear the difference
mads mikkelsen writes:
on June 1st, 2013 at 1:52:47 AM

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.534667593235742.1073741827.265663630136141&type=3&uploaded=1
mads mikkelsen writes:
on June 1st, 2013 at 1:55:29 AM


''The Wayne Enterprises logo is on a satellite that Zod destroys''

http://collider.com/man-of-steel-easter-eggs-wayne-enterprises/
M. Bullitt writes:
on June 1st, 2013 at 4:47:55 AM

BAWAHAHAHAHAHA!

I only watched it now and ALEX, The clip is in FRENCH NOT GERMAN!!

Wow!
The Dini writes:
on June 2nd, 2013 at 5:33:06 PM

He was a freak. Good riddance

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