This Is What Happens To Actors Playing The Joker

The Joker is one of those characters actors would give anything to portray. It seems thought, it was a massive undertaking for every actor who portrayed him in the past. Everyone wanted to meet the high expectations that came with playing this character.

YouTube Channel ScreenRant produced a video about the preparation those actors took to play The Joker.
In 1989, in Tim Burton’s Batman, Jack Nicholson became The Joker. The role was made for him and suited his acting style well. Nicholson didn’t have to do any special preparation. Michael Keaton once said, when he and Nicholson sat in their costumes and waited to go on set,, “We just gotta let the wardrobe do the acting, kid.”

Later when Heath Ledger was announced to play The Joker, people where really critical of him and didn’t expect him to do a good job. He spent a lot of time preparing, for example he locked himself in a hotel room for a month and wrote a journal as The Joker, to better understand the supervillian’s mindset. 

A month after the first trailer dropped, he died of an overdose. Despite this tragedy, and the controversy around it, those who worked on set of The Dark Knight said Ledger had a great time playing the character and that The Joker was just a role.

When Jared Leto played the part, he never broke character on set, and sent his fellow actors disgusting gifts as The Joker. He became the character in real life and on the screen. Unfortunately, the character went in a weird direction in the movie which people didn’t really like.

What you recognize first when you see Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker is that he has lost a lot of weight for it, around 52 pounds (25 kilos). It was the director’s decision to have a skinny Joker, Phoenix wanted him to be fat. He also read books about political assassination and watched videos of people suffering from pathological laughter. 

If you want to see more on how actors prepared for The Joker give the video a watch.

Tags:

Ads

You May Also Like

Soundtrack: The Heartbeat of Film

From music that plays over the scenic shots to the music that the characters ...

How To Use VFX For Science And It’s Huge

Corridor Crew uses movie magic for a creative lesson of the scale of the ...

How and why subplot is important to every story

Hidden Figures is, as Michael narrates, a fitting example of how many little stories ...

What a Wreck! Why Women Make Terrible Superheroes

In popular movies, the super-humans have taken center stage. But there’s a disconnect between ...

Get Some Mud in Your Eye With Rachel Morrison

It’s a big year not just for the innovative films nominated for an Oscar, ...

Best Movie Quotes of All Time

Any film school student will recognize these quotes from the American Film Institute’s list ...

Don't want to miss a thing?

Subscribe and join our creative community to keep updated with our weekly-ish* Newsletter from The Independent Initiative.

*We're filmmakers, sometimes we're out filming something, on those weeks the newsletters might be more irregular. Follow The Initiative Production Company (theInitiativePro) on your favorite social media to stay the most up to date on our current productions