Remembering Heath Ledger and keeping him alive
There was something very magical about Heath Ledger’s joker in the Dark Knight. Heath has been a favorite actor of mine for quite a while. I wasn’t too sure how he was going to pull off the Joker in the Dark Knight film. Out of all the actors, they chose Heath? Many people, including me, were surprised and very curious.
Well, as you know, he pulled it off incredibly well. I was not able to tell it was Heath, which is the sign of an excellent actor. Still, to this day, after seeing the Dark Knight many times, it is hard for me to recognize both his voice and face.
As you may know, Heath spent a lot of time by himself, preparing for the role. He kept a journal with newspaper clippings and writings, similar to what the Joker would have kept. Locking himself away for days in a hotel room, he forced seclusion on himself. While in Chicago filming the Dark Knight, Heath would spend time in local bars, watching Chicagoans, and learning how they speak. I didn’t realize we have an accent, but apparently we do. Not only did Heath nail the character, he nailed it with the accent.
A best friend of mine, Eric, is a master of comic book history and movie trivia. It’s amazing to talk with him and joke around. Long story short, after the Dark Knight came out, we had to add our best Joker voice impression to silly things we would say. At times he said I did a really good job. I just chalked it up to “whatever” until I heard myself on a recording. I liked it, but didn’t put much stock in it. A few years later I tried it again and thought it was ok. Another few years later I found myself surfing You Tube for Heath Ledger videos late at night when I had the flu. I set up a recorder and went for it. I kind of liked it and wondered what response I would get on You Tube if I dare to post it.
Well, here I am, 2 years later, with a You Tube channel called THE JOKER BOX. When I feel silly, I like to record voice overs as the joker. To my surprise, a lot of people like it. I do feel silly attempting the voice, but it’s fun and a good way for me to unwind when I’m in the mood. Check it out and have a great night.
Me in my recording studio playing around with lines from the Dark Knight.
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