Heath Ledger penultimate efficiency arguably ended up his most memorable one, as he portrayed the third dwell motion theatrical incarnation of The Joker in 2008’s The Dark Knight. It is no secret that Ledger went all out to painting his version of the Clown Prince of Crime, all the time staying in character when he was sporting the white make-up and purple go well with. However Ledger’s dedication prolonged past honing the psychopathic clown’s character. As a result of based on Christian Bale, a.okay.a. the Darkish Knight trilogy’s Batman, when he and Ledger had been filming The Darkish Knight‘s interrogation scene, Ledger requested that Bale truly hit him when the cameras had been rolling. Bale recalled:
As you see within the film, Batman begins beating the Joker and realizes that this isn’t your peculiar foe. As a result of the extra I beat him the extra he enjoys it. The extra I am giving him satisfaction. Heath was behaving in a really comparable style. He was kinda egging me on. I used to be saying, ‘You already know what, I actually needn’t truly hit you. It may look simply nearly as good if I do not.’ And he is going, ‘Go on. Go on. Go on…’ He was slamming himself round, and there have been tiled partitions within that set which had been cracked and dented from him hurling himself into them. His dedication was whole.
Among the many many objects which are featured within the upcoming guide 100 Issues Batman Followers Ought to Know & Do Earlier than They Die are recently-unearthed The Darkish Knight interview excerpts (and offered to THR), which embrace Christian Bale recalling the above second with Heath Ledger after they had been taking pictures the film’s interrogation scene, which was additionally the primary time they filmed collectively. As Bale famous, it could have been simple sufficient for him to feign punching Ledger, however the late actor believed that to really seize The Joker’s twisted enjoyment of ache, he wanted to endure being pummeled by his costar. Now I am questioning if Ledger even okayed letting Bale slam his head into the window, as a result of judging by that crack within the glass, it definitely regarded like that occurred for actual within the closing product.
Batman and Joker’s standoff inside the Gotham Metropolis Police Division headquarters occurred a little bit after The Darkish Knight‘s midway level, when Joker had been captured following his tried assassination of Harvey Dent. You possibly can (re)watch the interrogation scene beneath to see the way it escalated from an ideological face-off to the cowled hero making an attempt to beat the placement of Dent and Rachel Dawes’ whereabouts out of his arch-nemesis.
Heath Ledger sadly handed away on January 22, 2008, six months earlier than The Darkish Knight‘s launch, however he earned quite a few posthumous accolades, which included profitable an Academy Award for Greatest Supporting Actor. Christopher Nolan‘s Darkish Knight trilogy concluded in 2012 with The Dark Knight Rises. For these wanting to maintain up with Batman’s newest cinematic exploits, Ben Affleck’s iteration of the Caped Crusader will return on November 17 for Justice League.