While Heath Ledger was preparing to play The Joker in The Dark Knight, he spent a month in a hotel room building his character and writing a diary as part of his immersion into the role.
That diary is featured in a new documentary series called Too Young To Die. The documentary has a French dubbing of Heath’s dad’s Kim Ledger’s comments, so the You Tube listing included this translation:
“This is the Joker’s diary.
In order to inhabit his? character, he (Heath) locked himself up in a hotel room for weeks.
He would do that. He liked to dive into his characters, but this time he really took it up a notch.”
“The hospital scene is interesting because when he was a kid, his sister Kate liked to dress him up as a nurse. He was really funny like that. He also was in the movie.
This is a make-up test which was done eight months before. Before the end of the shooting he wrote “bye bye” on the back of the page. It was hard to see this.”
You can check out the video after the break.