Was Heath Ledger's Joker Performance Inspired by Musician Tom Waits? You Be The Judge





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Published on Aug 2, 2012

All of Heath Ledger as The Joker in The Dark Knight.

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Yes because Heth ledger was a massive tom waites fan
Jeff Hastings
Heath Ledger does a better Tom Waits impression than Tom Waits does.
-Tom Waits sounds like Heath Ledger's Joker -Heath Ledger plays the Joker with a voice sounding like Tom Waits (most likely his inspiration) -Tom Waits plays the devil in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (Ledger's last film) -Ledger "dies" in the film, which also has a theme (and a scene) about people who die young -Ledger dies in real life in between those two films. ...yes it may be a stretch but the links are still weird to me. I'm bored. Have a nice day.
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Tyler Hussin
Every time I see the Joker from The Dark Knight, I try to see Heath in there somewhere. I just can't find him.
Jason Morgan
He was a huge Dylan and Waits fan.
Sean Bourg
and the fact that he died during the filming of The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus which casted Tom Waits as the devil who wanted Ledger's character dead.
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Nathan Dehay
Man you guys really haven't spent much time experiencing Tom waits. I'm sure he was a fan and maybe he did use the demeanor of Waits as inspiration but waits wasn't on dope, just nervous I'm sure and also he drank plenty during that's time and don lane has a borderline invasive style of interviewing which is slightly off putting for Tom at that time in the interview shown. And yes he did act the same in the interview on the same show a couple years later which I can no longer find on here. Tom is just a trippy person
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Love this guy.
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Kevin Horn
Yeah. Seems as though Heath merely borrowed the tone and some of the cadence of Waits' dialect. The rest is vastly different in that the Joker has a very menacing, confident demeanor and presence to how he carries himself. 
carlsosj qaniiuin
What drug is he on?
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