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10 Things You Didn't Know About Heath Ledger's 'The Joker'

"Do you know how I got these scars?"

In The Dark Knight, the Joker is depicted as a maniac criminal mastermind who terrifies Gotham City and whose goal is to plunge it into rebellion. The Joker has been described as a "psychopathic, mass-murdering, schizophrenic clown with zero sympathy." He was portrayed by the late Heath Ledger, in the role that won him a post-obit Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Appearing to be the most evil, deranged, and flat out psychotic killer of all comic book villains, The Joker is the primary rival of Batman. He is the complete opposite of Batman, in everything from appearance to idols. Batman tends to be a large and muscular man, while The Joker is typically a man of average height or even taller possessing a skinny frame. The Joker views murder as a sport, and will not hesitate to toy with his food before he eats it, even if said food are the men he has hired to work for him. As intimidating as he is psychotic, he still manages to recruit flocks of henchmen despite his maniacal insanity.

No one really knows about the Joker; little do we know about his life or even evidence about how and what it turned out to be in the beginning. Or even how his journey as the Joker started.

Right from 'Why so serious?' To 'If you are good at something, never do it for free', Heath Ledger, in the shoes of his personal favorite character of The Joker, has always been influencing, almost enchanting us with his witty lines and his mysterious appearance. On the quest of unraveling the driving force that made him execute the Joker so well, here are some interesting stuff I found about your favorite villain.

Everything you need to know about the man who is the best villain of all time. Let's scroll.

10 Things You Didn't Know About Heath Ledger's 'The Joker'

10 Things You Didn't Know About Heath Ledger's 'The Joker'

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Everything you need to know about the man who is the best villain of all time!

Everything you need to know about the man who is the best villain of all time!

Heath Ledger, famously known for the dark role of The Joker, was named after a famous fictional character.

Heath Ledger, famously known for the dark role of The Joker, was named after a famous fictional character.

You might have heard about Wuthering Heights or most of you might have read the book as well. It is known that, Heath Ledger was named after Mr. Heathcliff, the dark character from Emily Bronte's classic novel Wuthering Heights.

To understand the character of The Joker, Heath Ledger locked himself up in a motel room for 43 days.

To understand the character of The Joker, Heath Ledger locked himself up in a motel room for 43 days.

So this is the reason we got to see a refined Joker after all. The criminal mastermind took almost 43 days to soak in the character. In this time span, he tried relating himself to 'The Joker' on a psychological level and developed an independent voice and laughter for the character too. Impressive?!

The appearance of The Joker was loosely based on the looks of Sid Vicious

The appearance of The Joker was loosely based on the looks of Sid Vicious

Sid Vicious was the punk rock star of the British band Sex Pistols (also infamous for murdering his girlfriend) and the gestures of The Joker were an imitation of Alex De Large, from the 1971 movie, Clockwork Orange. Also, a bassist and infamous for murdering his girlfriend was the epitome for creating the character of "The Joker".

The Joker's famous tongue flip was however, not a specially created characteristic.

The Joker's famous tongue flip was however, not a specially created characteristic.

It was one of the many Heath Ledger's natural habits. Yes, he had a habit of flipping that tongue just right.

Sean Penn was the first choice for the role of The Joker

Sean Penn was the first choice for the role of The Joker

Sean Penn, the Los Angeles born powerhouse film performer was the first choice for playing the character of Joker but he turned down the offer because he didn't want to play a role originally played by his friend Jack Nicholson in the 1989 Batman movie.

Heath Ledger originally wanted to play Batman in the first installation of the trilogy Batman Begins (2005)

Heath Ledger originally wanted to play Batman in the first installation of the trilogy Batman Begins (2005)

But after some thought, both Cristopher Nolan and Ledger decided that Ledger was perhaps not suitable for the role. In 2008, he was rightly chosen to play The Joker.

Cristopher Nolan was initially criticized by the media for selecting Heath Ledger as The Joker

Cristopher Nolan was initially criticized by the media for selecting Heath Ledger as The Joker

But the director supported his selection saying that Ledger was originally fearless which also was The Joker's most powerful attribute.

Heath Ledger is the youngest actor to have played The Joker

Heath Ledger is the youngest actor to have played The Joker

And hands down the best.

Heath Ledger's posthumous Oscar was declared on January 22, 2009. Just a year after his death.

Heath Ledger's posthumous Oscar was declared on January 22, 2009. Just a year after his death.

He posthumously won 32 best-supporting actor awards including The Oscar, GG, BAFTA and Critics' Choice Award.

The concept of the scars that form a smile on the Joker's face is not originally from the comic book

The concept of the scars that form a smile on the Joker's face is not originally from the comic book

The concept is inspired from Gyonplaine, a character from Victor Hugo's novel The Man Who Laughs (1928).

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