Joker Diary

Many people count Ledgers role in Batman as one of the greatest ever. The movie itself is RANKED #6 best movie of all time on IMDB. Here is a peek into his research for the role. ~Alejandro

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Look inside the pages of Heath Ledger’s “Joker Diary”

When Heath Ledger was preparing to play the Joker in The Dark Knight, he locked himself in a hotel room for a month and put together a diary of inspirations for the role. Here’s a tantalizing glimpse at that diary, from a French documentary

“”I sat around in a hotel room in London for about a month, locked myself away, formed a little diary” – Heath Ledger on his preparation for The Joker role in Christopher Nolan’s THE DARK KNIGHT.

Extract from the documentary “Too Young To Die”. Kim Ledger, his father, speaks.


“This is the Joker’s diary.

In order to inhabit his character, he (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. He also was in the movie.

This is a make-up test which was done eight months before. Before the end of the shooting he wrote “bye bye” on the back of the page. It was hard to see this.'”