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Heath Ledger- The Joker, Death of a World loved Villain

Heath Ledger- The Joker Death of a World loved Villain
Heath Ledger- The Joker

The Joker, that smiling ugly face which might be stricken the minds who have watched the movie, The Dark Knight. Heath Ledger who had being living through that character, rumors saying he could n’t get rid off that character even after that movie. The world especially, the youngsters have taken over him.

The Director who turned Heath to study that character well after huge criticism encountered by the public on the cast selection. To dissolve with the character Heath spent 45 days of loneliness in a closed room without any contact to the outside. Isolating himself and heavily involved with makeup and wardrobe decisions for the character, finally leave him exhausted and sleep deprived.

He did the role in such a a way that,despite the initial uproar that erupted when Heath Ledger was announced as being ‘The Dark Knight’, his turns as the joker earned him accolades from critics and audiences alike.

In the end, Ledger’s issues with insomnia contributed to his premature death when the 28 year d actor accidentally overdosed on prescription sleeping medication before the release of the film.


Heath Ledger had a long history of sleep troubles, reportedly struggling with a racing mind for years before portraying the Joker. However, his chronic insomnia became much more prevalent and aggressive after filming The Dark Knight. His difficulty sleeping was summed up in a New York Times profile in 2007, while the film was in production: "It is a physically and mentally draining role — his Joker is a 'psychopathic, mass-murdering, schizophrenic clown with zero empathy,' he said cheerfully — and, as often happens when he throws himself into a part, he is not sleeping much."

The Dark Knight grossed over $1 billion at the box office, and Ledger won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar posthumously. But he was no more to accept the award of his extra talent.The role has since been played on film by the Oscar winners Jared Leto and Joaquin Phoenix.

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