Heath Ledger, who met a tragic death because of the accidental overdose of a prescription drug used a diary to develop ideas for the phenomenal role of The Joker in Christopher Nolan’s movie “The Dark Knight”. He mentioned about this diary in an interview with the Empire in 2007: “I sat around in a hotel room in London for about a month, locked myself away, formed a little diary and experimented with voices — it was important to try to find a somewhat iconic voice and laugh. I ended up landing more in the realm of a psychopath — someone with very little to no conscience towards his acts. He’s just an absolute sociopath, a cold-blooded, mass-murdering clown, and Chris [Nolan] has given me free rein. Which is fun, because there are no real boundaries to what The Joker would say or do. Nothing intimidates him, and everything is a big joke.”
The revealed video is a part of a documentary titled “Too Young to Die”. In the video Heath’s father Kim Ledger shows a part of the diary. The documentary records the planning that Heath used to develop the character of The Joker. The diary also reveals how troubled his mind was during the preparation. The last words that he wrote in the journal “Bye Bye” are indeed creepy. He finished the diary before the production of the movie wrapped up.
Heath Ledger’s father, Kim Ledger, shows the Joker diary.
The images of clowns, jesters and clowns can be seen in the diary. He also pasted the picture of Malcolm Mcdowell from the movie A Clockwork Orange.
He galvanized the upcoming character. That was typical of Heath. He would do that. He liked to dive into his characters, but this time he really took it up a notch – Kim Ledger said while recalling the way Heath used to prepare for movies.
More pictures that he pasted in his journal.
How could he miss the images of The Joker from Batman comics.
The hospital scene is interesting because when he was a kid, his sister Kate liked to dress him up as a nurse. He looked pretty funny like that. He looked pretty funny in the film, too – Kim said.
Image of the make up test for the role of The Joker.
At the end of shooting, he wrote goodbye on the back of the last page. It was hard to read that – Kim stated while remembering his son.
See the video –