10 Mind-Boggling Facts That You Didn't Know About The Legendary Heath Ledger

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10 Mind-Boggling Facts That You Didn't Know About The Legendary Heath Ledger
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The whole world knows him as 'The Joker', because nobody has seen such a standout performance in comic book movies over the last 25 years. 

Heath Ledger was an Australian actor and director who is known for his iconic role in 'The Dark Knight,' but for those who don't know, he has given us more memorable performances.

Ledger is regarded as one of the most talented actors in the film industry and also the person who has won numerous accolades for his performance as 'The Joker.'

So scroll down to know some lesser known facts about our beloved Heath Ledger. 

1. The first actor to win the award for the portrayal of a superhero character.

1. The first actor to win the award for the portrayal of a superhero character.

The Dark Knight was nominated for eight Academy Awards. Heath Ledger won the Best Supporting Actor award for his role of 'The Joker.' This was the first time when any superhero movie won the Oscars for a major category like acting

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2. First person to win posthumous Oscars for Best Supporting Actor.

2. First person to win posthumous Oscars for Best Supporting Actor.

Heath Ledger was the first posthumous winner of the Best Supporting Actor award and only the second posthumous winner after Peter Finch, who won the award of  Best Acting for the movie, The Network.

3. The famous confrontation scene was real.

To make the Joker look realistic on the screen, Heath Ledger asked Christian Bale to beat him up during the confrontation scene. 

4. Heath and his sister's name.

4. Heath and his sister's name.
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Heath and his sister, Kate Ledger, are named after the two lead characters of the novel, "Wuthering Heights" written by Emily Brontë.

5. Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal.

5. Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal.
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While filming a kissing scene in the movie 'Brokeback Mountain,' Heath almost broke the nose of Jake Gyllenhaal.

6. An accomplished chess player.

6. An accomplished chess player.
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Heath Ledger was a great chess player. At the age of 10, he won the Western Australia's junior chess championship.

7. Most searched name after his death.

7. Most searched name after his death.
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'Keith Ledger' was the second most searched item on google on 23 January 2008, it was the day after which Heath died. 

8. The Last line spoken by Heath in a movie.

8. The Last line spoken by Heath in a movie.
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Heath's final movie was 'The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.' The last line spoken by him in the movie's set was "Don't shoot the messenger." 

9. Heath Ledger theater.

9. Heath Ledger theater.
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After his death, he was honored with a theater in Western Australia. It is located in the State Theatre Centre, and it has 575 seats.

10. The fake Batman scene.

10. The fake Batman scene.

The fake Batman scene in the movie 'The Dark Knight' was directed by Heath Ledger himself. Christopher Nolan loved the scene when he first saw it.

Sometimes I wonder, what would have happened to Heath Ledger's career if he was still alive? But we all have to accept that the death is the ultimate reality.

That's all, folks!

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