Heath Ledger Wanted To Play The Joker Again

Heath Ledger Wanted To Play The Joker Again


Heath Ledger’s brilliant, Oscar-winning performance
as the Joker in The Dark Knight could have
been just the beginning.
In an interview with News Australia, the late
actor’s sister, Kate, revealed that Ledger
was incredibly excited about his work with
director Christopher Nolan in The Dark Knight,
and he was looking forward to playing the
iconic villain again in another movie.
Kate admitted that the supposed “demons” one
critic described Ledger as having didn’t exist.
She explained,
“He was a really happy person and he had huge
plans for his future.
[…] He was so proud of what he had done
in [The Dark Knight].
And I know he had plans for another Batman
[movie].
[…] He just had the best time ever doing
that film.
When he came home at Christmas he couldn’t
wait to tell us all about it and he was doing
the voice and laughing, showing me all the
rushes.
We had a great time.”
Kate also mentioned that she spoke with Ledger
the night before he died of an accidental
prescription drug overdose, and as she describes
it, the siblings spent time “laughing and
joking together.”
Ledger’s unexpected death came on January
22nd, 2008, six months before The Dark Knight
arrived in theaters.
The Australian actor was just 28 years old
at the time of his passing.
The Dark Knight, one of two of Ledger’s posthumous
releases, opened in theaters in July 2008.
Ledger’s turn as the deranged criminal Joker
redefined the iconic Batman villain, and impressed
both fans and critics alike.
He had delivered what went on to be an Oscar-winning
performance as one of DC Comics’ most famous
bad guys – and he’d never be able to do it
again.
Writing for The New Yorker, critic David Denby
had only positive things to say about Ledger,
saying,
“It has one startling and artful element:
the sinister and frightening performance of
the late Heath Ledger as the psychopathic
murderer the Joker.
That part of the movie is upsetting to watch,
and, in retrospect, both painful and stirring
to think about.
[…] His performance is a heroic, unsettling
final act: this young actor looked into the
abyss.”
A lasting, but totally unfounded consensus
amongst fans is that Ledger’s performance
as the Joker may have contributed to his death
in one way or another – which would suggest
that the experience was far more traumatic
than anyone knew, and that he wouldn’t have
wanted to revisit the character if he got
the opportunity.
However, according to the New York Times,
Ledger himself had said,
“[Playing the Joker was] the most fun I’ve
ever had, or probably ever will have, playing
a character.”
“Why so serious?”
Filmmaker Terry Gilliam – who directed Ledger
in his final performance as Tony in the fantasy
flick The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
– also shot down gossip about the late actor,
telling The Talks that the stories about the
Joker role making him unstable were all hogwash.
Gilliam said,
“They were trying to [imply] that playing
the Joker had made him crazy.
Absolute nonsense!
Heath was so solid.
His feet were on the ground and he was the
least neurotic person I’ve ever met.
Heath was just great and that’s why it became
so impossible to understand.
[…] There was none of this twisted neurosis
that a lot of actors suffer from.”
“The minute we said cut he’d be telling a
joke about something, we were back to having
fun again.”
It seems clear that Ledger truly had an amazing
time playing Joker.
What isn’t clear, however, is whether Nolan
had planned to include Ledger in 2012’s The
Dark Knight Rises.
At the time, Nolan wasn’t even sure that he
himself would be back for a third film, as
there wasn’t an overarching narrative in place
yet.
If Ledger had lived to churn out another Oscar-caliber
performance, perhaps it would have secured
more Batman movies from Nolan and an entirely
different future for the DC movie universe.
At least fans will always have The Dark Knight
and Ledger’s haunting embodiment of the Joker
to look back on.
What they also have is more Joker heading
to the big screen, as Joaquin Phoenix is bringing
the Clown Prince of Crime to life in director
Todd Phillips’ Joker, set to hit theaters
on October 4th, 2019.
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100 thoughts on “Heath Ledger Wanted To Play The Joker Again

  • September 13, 2019 at 1:47 am
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    Was Heath Ledger's Joker performance one of the greatest in history?

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  • September 13, 2019 at 12:28 pm
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    Damn…. JUST IMAGINE ,, The Joker " with Heath Ledger directed by Christopher Nolan 😓 😭 😭

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  • September 13, 2019 at 12:29 pm
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    Me when I see the title: He's dead tho

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  • September 13, 2019 at 12:32 pm
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    He will always be known as the LEGENDARY JOKER.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 1:11 pm
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    I thought he wanted to do a sequel to Brokeback Mountain…😂😂😂😂

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  • September 13, 2019 at 1:12 pm
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    How are y’all watching this and playing Borderlands 3 at the same time?

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  • September 13, 2019 at 1:27 pm
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    Such a tragedy, RIP Heath and god bless ur soul.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 1:37 pm
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    He played the joker so well, it would have been awesome to see him play it again

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  • September 13, 2019 at 1:57 pm
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    I'd say, he'd want to do a lot of things again

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  • September 13, 2019 at 2:07 pm
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    Rip Heath ledger,if he was still alive,I would love to see him work with margot Robbie as Harley quinn instead of Jared Leto in suicide squad. Anyway joker is the greatest villain in DC history and my favorite line:why so serious

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  • September 13, 2019 at 2:28 pm
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    Brilliant

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  • September 13, 2019 at 2:32 pm
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    Amazing. I miss Heath Ledger. It would’ve been great if he played the Joker again in The Dark Knight Rises. (Sigh)…he was such a fantastic Joker 🃏.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 2:55 pm
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    Enough with the role led to the suicide…it’s a role, he’s an actor. It’s a comic book character. It would be far more traumatic had he been playing a real person doing very bad things on screen.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 3:05 pm
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    Pitty something happend he could have made a wonderful joker in another movie

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  • September 13, 2019 at 3:25 pm
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    Imagine he faked his death and now he is just watching all these videos about him… laughing

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  • September 13, 2019 at 3:42 pm
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    If heath ledger had been Alive back then and today he would love to reprise joker in dark knight rise which is last Batman movie that Nolan make

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  • September 13, 2019 at 3:58 pm
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    I read awhile back when the dark knight rises was still in development. That the scene with crane as the judge was acutally supposed to be the joker.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 4:16 pm
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    i was watching the movie already.

    R.I.P Heath Ledger

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  • September 13, 2019 at 4:17 pm
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    Accidental overdose my aas

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  • September 13, 2019 at 5:10 pm
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    I heard that Heath was planned to come back in The Dark Knight Rises as the Joker.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 5:34 pm
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    If Heath Ledger handed passed away he would most definitely play the Joker in the stand-alone movie joker

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  • September 13, 2019 at 5:35 pm
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    Rip literally sad rest in peace dude

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  • September 13, 2019 at 5:47 pm
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    He was too good for the Joker…
    In fact he was soo good, even god didn't what to see him in that character again.
    RIP LEGEND

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  • September 13, 2019 at 5:52 pm
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    Long Live The Legend😢❤️

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  • September 13, 2019 at 5:55 pm
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    This is kinda getting annoying

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  • September 13, 2019 at 5:58 pm
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    It had to be this way .. makes the performance 100x better

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  • September 13, 2019 at 6:05 pm
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    R.I.P

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  • September 13, 2019 at 6:14 pm
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    I can see he had fun

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  • September 13, 2019 at 6:33 pm
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    Was there a main reason Heath ledger his Life ended fast just asking

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  • September 13, 2019 at 6:33 pm
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    More importantly WE wanted him to do it again….

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  • September 13, 2019 at 6:36 pm
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    Have we all agreed to never mention Jared Leto as the Joker?

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  • September 13, 2019 at 6:37 pm
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    "Now we're talkin"

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  • September 13, 2019 at 6:39 pm
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    Woah just found out he died on my birthday….. weird

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  • September 13, 2019 at 6:53 pm
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    “Do I really look like a guy with a plan? You know what I am? I'm a dog chasing cars. I wouldn't know what to do with one if I caught it! You know, I just… do things.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 6:55 pm
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    They could have built the DCEU off The Dark Knight trilogy….

    Ledger’s Joker would’ve been a fan fave (he is), like Hiddleston’s Loki.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 6:57 pm
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    Well he can’t

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  • September 13, 2019 at 7:10 pm
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    Best Joker…..hands down…

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  • September 13, 2019 at 7:52 pm
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    He and Nolan crafted it together. If you go see Nolan's interviews on the Joker he tell's you that Heath went straight to him asking and talking abou the part. He and Nolan had a very similar view of what they wanted to do. But Heath went behond that. Besides the ideas and ideologies they shared, Heath himself choose the suit and put some extraprops in it. He put the make up on himself to look more natural and realistic, he gain the habbit of licking his lips because of the make up he had (what became an jconic part of the carachter), he stayed in a Motel several weeks alone in order to perfect the voice, laugh, litle movements of the carachter, between a lot other special litle things that make the carachter so perfect. So evan tough credit has to be given to the writers and Nolan, I think most of it should go to Heath for the effort he puted in! Absolute legend!

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  • September 13, 2019 at 8:21 pm
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    It's well known he was supposed to return as the criminal "judge" in TDKR, but his death caused them to substitute Scarecrow, which caused that whole act of the movie to feel flat. It's centerpiece was missing.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 8:26 pm
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    I can't even imagine that he is gone for almost 12 years…

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  • September 13, 2019 at 8:29 pm
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    Well, they never showed what happened to him. I always wondered what happened to the joker.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 8:33 pm
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    No shit

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  • September 13, 2019 at 8:37 pm
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    He was too good for us

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  • September 13, 2019 at 8:39 pm
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    Hes was happy until he did broke back mountain wich lead him to dope up cause of the humiliatoin

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  • September 13, 2019 at 8:45 pm
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    if only he were still here 🙁

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  • September 13, 2019 at 8:57 pm
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    Damn didn’t know he was that young aged 28.
    Your watching a 28yo Joker in this movie.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 9:10 pm
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    You know heath is an unbeatable act when everyone is still talking about his performance 11 years later! RIP You will always have a special place in our hearts

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  • September 13, 2019 at 9:15 pm
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    How awesome would the ending of the dark knight rises be if The Joker saved Batman by killing Bane?

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  • September 13, 2019 at 9:19 pm
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    And now I’m sad

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  • September 13, 2019 at 9:19 pm
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    And now I’m sad

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  • September 13, 2019 at 9:19 pm
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    And now I’m sad

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  • September 13, 2019 at 9:20 pm
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    miss ya man. joker are always my favorite character and i’m glad to get see it in your prime time to be Joker. ill always keep dark knight dvd cuz of it. ❤️

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  • September 13, 2019 at 9:25 pm
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    God he had so much potential ahead of him too, to add to what he already achieved. I just think he had a mix of probably alcohol and a certain drug/drugs that just went wrong. He had too much to do and live for. Sadly missed, and I don't like making comparisons, but it felt a bit like James Dean.. Too young, too talented to die so young.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 9:40 pm
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    Back in the day I read somewhere that the original plan for Nolan's third Batman movie involved Joker too, but not as the main villain this time. The movie planned to start with the trial of Joker for his crimes and later in the story he somehow escapes Arkham because of the third movie's main villain's acts. But after Heath Ledger's death Nolan didn't want to recast the role like he did for Rachel Dawes character (also Ledger made the role so iconic it would be disastrous trying to copy) and scrapped that plan completely. Maybe when Bane released the inmates of Arkham in the third movie Joker would be there like Jonathan Crane aka Scarecrow, but with a bigger part. So that means there would be no years of time jump between TDK and TDKR too. But all of these are just speculations now. I would like to watch an interview with Nolan and hear from himself the third movie's original plans before Ledger's death.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 9:54 pm
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    HAHAHAHAHA!
    Why so Serious 🤡?

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  • September 13, 2019 at 10:09 pm
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    I remember watching the dark knight when I was 8 and having nightmares about heath ledgers joker, what an amazing performance RIP

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  • September 13, 2019 at 10:18 pm
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    Mannnn if he never killed himself, imagine all of the movies that could've happened.☹☹😭 Oscar after OSCAR perhaps bcuz Heath certainly was on top of the industry back then, and he still would be if he was still alive.

    Ledger and DiCaprio would've only been competing rn😂😭

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  • September 13, 2019 at 10:34 pm
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    Heath Ledger was the best joker ever period.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 10:51 pm
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    So he was planned for the third and final Nolan Batman movie, I wonder would Harley Quinn appear along with the Riddler, penguin, mad hatter, Black mask and Hugo Strange

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  • September 13, 2019 at 10:51 pm
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    this makes it even sadder that he wanted to play joker again and he couldnt do it rest in peace big guy

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  • September 13, 2019 at 11:07 pm
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    He was a prefect joker!

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  • September 13, 2019 at 11:23 pm
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    Still pissed Pheonix's Joker Trailers have more views than The Dark Knight videos on YouTube…

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  • September 13, 2019 at 11:23 pm
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    I thought the title said wants

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  • September 13, 2019 at 11:34 pm
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    That would've been amazing if Heath Ledger reprised the Joker in the next movie, and it would be even cooler if he possibly played the Joker in the new Joker movie. Best Joker Ever, Rest In Peace Heath Ledger

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  • September 13, 2019 at 11:35 pm
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    Well hello beautifuuul 😉

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  • September 13, 2019 at 11:51 pm
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    Omg I love Heath ledger. I know like all the words to The Dark Knight especially all of heath’s lines

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  • September 13, 2019 at 11:59 pm
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    Not gonna lie.. I’m kinda glad he didn’t reprise his role. Obviously I am deeply saddened for the reason why he didn’t reprise his role. But to me, Ledger’s Joker is perfect and allowing it to be a stand alone performance only adds to the mystique of the character.

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  • September 14, 2019 at 12:02 am
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    Joaquin’s gonna be a brilliant Joker, but I still don’t know it could top Heath.

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  • September 14, 2019 at 12:12 am
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    Obviously not

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  • September 14, 2019 at 12:19 am
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    For a second I thought heath ledger came back from the dead because of the title of this video

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  • September 14, 2019 at 12:30 am
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    Ledger was 28 years old when he did the joker? Amazing!

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  • September 14, 2019 at 1:05 am
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    as of rn he’s the best joker. i have a lot of confidence in Joaquin Phoenix but what Ledger brought to the role is just iconic. he was unique and original in his portrayal. i just don’t think i’ll ever like a Joker performance more than Heath’s.

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  • September 14, 2019 at 1:32 am
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    We didn’t deserve him he was such a good actor 🙌 we will miss you

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  • September 14, 2019 at 1:51 am
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    Ledger is the Best Joker of all time and he always will be, but Joaquin Phoenix’s version looks iconic.

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  • September 14, 2019 at 2:16 am
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    F

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  • September 14, 2019 at 2:45 am
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    EVERYONE NEEDS TO SEE THIS VIDEO.

    To finally end those bullshit “drove him crazy” rumors and theories.

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  • September 14, 2019 at 3:03 am
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    It's so unfortunate and depressing that a man of 28 yrs old, with better talent than most people now, passed away so soon. What he left behind will never be forgotten. Not only did he played such a chillingly compelling villain, he transcended into a legend. Heath Ledger's joker will forever be the best and most memorable depiction of the fictional character and it's very possible, Well never have another portrayal like his.

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  • September 14, 2019 at 3:04 am
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    He is the greatest loss we had in Hollywood since James dean… he was so amazing… would love to have seen him do more with this character…

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  • September 14, 2019 at 3:14 am
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    All the people that disliked are Jared Leto fans

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  • September 14, 2019 at 5:11 am
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    Playing the joker had nothing to do with his death, he was doing a completely different movie at the time he died, so sick of the bs surrounding that the joker character messed with his mind..

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  • September 14, 2019 at 5:25 am
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    I was actually impressed by his acting skills before he played The Joker… When I saw Lords Of Dogtown, I really thought to myself “ This guy plays characters so flawlessly “

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  • September 14, 2019 at 7:04 am
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    This is happy to hear but also incredibly 😥 sad of what could have been. I think he is up there praising Joaquin for his performance

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  • September 14, 2019 at 7:08 am
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    It's so sad he never lived to see the awards and attention he got for playing the joker he was the most brilliant joker ever rip Heath ledger gone never forgotten

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  • September 14, 2019 at 8:16 am
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    Phoenix will be the best Joker!
    Mark my words…

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  • September 14, 2019 at 8:28 am
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    Heath was perfect. Enough said.

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  • September 14, 2019 at 8:29 am
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    This man is DEAD, let him RIP haha

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  • September 14, 2019 at 10:48 am
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    Lol that title scared me

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  • September 14, 2019 at 12:14 pm
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    R.I.P. Heath Ledger we will miss you huge fan of your work 💯

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  • September 14, 2019 at 2:54 pm
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    Joker is the first to KILL WITH A FUCKIN PENCIL 🤡0:01

    WHY SO SERIOUS 😶

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  • September 14, 2019 at 4:57 pm
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    Wtf? He's dead

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  • September 14, 2019 at 5:10 pm
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    Who cares Joaquin Phoenix is the best joker

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  • September 14, 2019 at 5:13 pm
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    Y’all only like his joker cause he died in all honesty Phoenix will probably be better haven’t seen it yet can’t say but I’m betting 12 on it

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  • September 14, 2019 at 5:32 pm
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    That joker was played perfect in every aspect from start to end wish we wouldve had more joker moments from him

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  • September 14, 2019 at 8:41 pm
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    Heath will always be the best joker!!

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  • September 14, 2019 at 9:10 pm
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    He’s Such a Good Joker I want him to Return

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  • September 15, 2019 at 2:24 am
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    Man, it would've been INCREDIBLE had Heath lived to star in another Batman movie!!

    Pure gold!!

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  • September 15, 2019 at 7:01 am
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    let this man be dead already holy shit

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  • September 15, 2019 at 11:34 am
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    Such a shame we lost Heath rip.

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  • September 15, 2019 at 2:11 pm
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    What if heath ledger plays the joker

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  • September 15, 2019 at 10:03 pm
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    EVERYONE Wanted him to play again, and we never will see it happen… 🙁

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