Heath Ledger Kept A 'Joker' Diary With Chilling Insights Into His Death
During the filming of his Oscar-winning portrayal of 'The Joker', Heath Ledger kept a diary of how he built his character.
In the German documentary entitled 'Too Young To Die', Kim Ledger, Heath's father, reveals the diary detailing Heath’s dedication to the dark psychotic character and mentions the chilling story of how his son locked himself in a hotel for a month practicing the role.
While flicking through the diary, Heath’s father confirmed that his son had thrown himself into a self-imposed exile to dig into the Joker’s twisted grey matter, “He galvanised the upcoming character. That was typical of Heath. He would do that. He liked to dive into his characters, but this time he really took it up a notch.”
The front cover of the diary wrote a metaphor for the Joker – disarmingly childish and playful on the outside, but twisted within. The journal revealed quotes, photos, and ripped out pages from magazines and newspapers framing his character.
“It’s a combination of reading all the comic books I could that were relevant to the script and then just closing my eyes and meditating on it," Heath said in a 2007 interview with Empire. "I sat around in a hotel room in London for about a month, locked myself away, formed a little diary and experimented with voices – it was important to try to find somewhat iconic voice and laugh. I ended up landing more in the realm of a psychopath – someone with very little to no conscience towards his acts. He’s just an absolute sociopath, a cold-blooded, mass-murdering clown.”
To make things more grievous the diary had ended with the scary words of “BYE BYE” scribbled over a page of text in silver pen... :(
- Sharon Mridul