A diary Heath Ledger wrote as he got into character as Batman villain ‘The Joker’ has been unveiled in a documentary.
In a new clip for the film, titled “Too Young to Die,” filmmakers and their viewers are introduced by Ledger’s father, Kim Ledger, to the actor’s personal Joker Diary that was kept while preparing for the role.
The diary is filled with images of clowns, playing cards, pictures of hyenas, scenes from Batman comics, and stills of Alex DeLarge from ‘A Clockwork Orange’.
“He pretty well locked himself up in a hotel, in his apartment, for a month or so, to sort of galvanize the upcoming character in his own mind,” Kim Ledger said. “That was typical of Heath on any movie. He would certainly immerse himself in the upcoming character. I think this was just a whole new level.”
Ledger was posthumously awarded the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor the year after The Dark Knight was released. He co-starred in the film with Christian Bale, Aaron Eckhart Aaron, Michael Caine, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Oldman, and Morgan Freeman.