Ledger was a legend. We barely knew him when we lost him, but the things we’d seen him do — from A Knight’s Tale to Casanova to his infamous turn in The Dark Knight — were incredible. As part of a new documentary on the young star’s early passing, Broadview Pictures posted the following clip from their upcoming documentary, ‘Too Young To Die,’ to their official YouTube Channel.
Ledger was a method actor in the purest sense, diving deep into the minds of the people he portrayed. The Joker was no exception. In fact, that role seems to have been the one into which Ledger sank most deeply. In the clip below, the actor’s film friend, director Terry Gilliam, comments on the role and the diary his friend kept when preparing for it.
Pause the video every now and again and you’ll catch some really fascinating stuff. There’s lines from the film scribbled on one page: “It’s simple. KILL THE BATMAN;” “If you’re good at something, never do it for free,” every line from the Hospital Room scene. Quotes and pictures from influencing films, a surprising number of animal pictures and panels from Batman comics adorn the journal, but one of the clearest, creepiest entries is a page written as the Joker.
“Things that make me laugh: Blind Babies, Landmines, AIDS, Beloved family pets in bad accidents, statistics, pencil cases, BRUNCH! The Periodic table of the elements.”