The upcoming Jimmy V classic might not be good enough news to cheer up movie fans - Disappointing Dark Knight fans and fans of the late Heath Ledger is the news that his Joker character from the movie The Dark Knight will not make a cameo appearance in Dark Knight Rises, the next installment of the Christopher Nolan Batman film franchise. The Dark Knight, which was released in 2008 several months after the death of the Australian actor, ended up being his biggest commercial success and might have also been the biggest critical success of his career as well. Only his role in Brokeback Mountain could even be thought of as competing for that title.
In The Dark Knight, Ledger plays the Joker, a psychotic criminal without a trace of human empathy. In the film he had been given free rein to play the role however he wished, and later after filming wrapped he reported that he'd spent considerable time on his own considering voices and other aspects of the character's persona to make sure he perfected it for use in front of the camera. The results were obvious, with the Heath Ledger Joker not even close to a mere update of the part played by Jack Nicholson in the early 1990s version of the film series, one in which the villain was undoubtedly evil but also had some sense of charm to him as well.
The Joker Lives in Infamy
There was no such charm in Heath Ledger on screen in this Batman film. The Joker was not cultured even though he did at one point lament that (the fictional) Gotham City deserved a higher class of criminal. The way many of his lines were delivered ended up almost ironic because of his screen persona all the way down to his makeup job and the way he played with his greasy hair. Heath Ledger had found the role of a lifetime and did a terrific job portraying it. There was no doubt he had mastered the role for those who watched on the silver screen. It was just a shame to know that his work was done because he had died so young and so suddenly.
Heath Ledger died on June 22, 2008 in New York City from what coroner's called an accidental toxic combination of prescription drugs. It was well known among many in the acting community that Heath Ledger had long battled with insomnia and had tried all sorts of things to get more sleep and be able to stay asleep at night, but it was something he continued to battle as his career wore on. His use of prescription drugs of all sorts including sleep aids and other things were largely looked upon as his way of trying to cope and get some rest for his mind as well as his body.
Career of Heath Ledger
Heath Ledger arrived in America in 1998 and ended up almost immediately contributing to movie acting roles as a supporting actor. From 10 Things I Hate About You to The Patriot opposite Mel Gibson, he was highly visible in many roles as soon as he arrived on the scene. His stature as one of the most talented of his generation was cemented with his turn opposite Jake Gyllenhall in Brokeback Mountain in 2005. Heath Ledger did a range of movies, some of them box office behemoths and others that were more of the indie variety. He also directed some music videos, most notably for Modest Mouse and others. Customers of automobile insurance policies and others will remember Heath Ledger for the work he did and the talent he demonstrated in the roles he played.