Heath Ledger’s Joker drew inspiration from a bizarre source

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The late Heath Ledger gave us a villain for the ages with his Oscar-winning portrayal as the Joker in The Dark Knight. As most film buffs know, Ledger largely drew inspiration from Alex in A Clockwork Orange. According to Christopher Nolan, though, another unlikely source had an influence on the actor.

As pointed out by Digital Spy, Nolan mentions in the book, 100 Things Batman Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die, that ventriloquist dummies also impacted Ledger’s performance.

“The way they would talk and the way they would move and all kinds of peculiar ideas that I wasn’t really able to get a handle on until I saw him start to perform the scenes, and start to show how the character moved and how the character gestured and how the character spoke, with this extraordinarily unpredictable voice,” said Nolan.

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“The range of the voice, from its highest pitch to its lowest pitch, is very extreme, and where it shifts is unpredictable and sudden.”

In retrospect, we can definitely see a little bit of Slappy from Goosebumps in there.

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About Nick Spake

Nick Spake has been working as an entertainment writer for the past ten years, but he's been a lover of film ever since seeing the opening sequence of The Lion King. Movies are more than just escapism to Nick, they're a crucial part of our society that shape who we are. He now serves as the Features Editor at Flickreel and author of its regular column, 'Nick Flicks'.

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