On January 22nd, 2008, one of the greatest actors we have ever seen grace the screen as the Joker, passed away. Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker in the Dark Knight was the best depiction of the Joker to date. So, it came as no surprise that his death six months before the Dark Knight even came out was heartbreaking.
Now it’s 2018, and on the 22nd of January, people all over the world that had known Heath or had enjoyed his role as the Joker in The Dark Knight mourned him. On that day, a lot of people talked about him and posted pictures of his life, but one person had something important to say to us about Heath, and that was his sister, Kate. She reportedly was the last person to speak with him the night before he died.
Opening up to news.com.au, Kate who is a publicist working in Perth came out to debunk the rumors that her brother, Heath, was pushed to depression and consequent death by the last movie role he played which coincidentally is the one we most remember him for, the Joker role in The Dark Knight. In her own words, Kate said: “He was a really happy person, and he had huge plans for his future. I spoke to him the night before, and we were laughing and joking.
She talked a lot about how excited and proud of himself he was for his role in Batman, and he even hinted that he had a few plans for another role in Batman. He expressed his delight in working with other actors like Christian Bale and Chris Nolan.
She also said that: “When he came home at Christmas he couldn’t wait to tell us all about it and he was doing the voice and laughing, showing me all the rushes. We had a great time.”
Heath Ledger’s father, Kim opened up about how hard Heath worked for the famous Joker role that was also his last movie role. On the I Am Heath Ledger documentary, he talked about Heath isolating himself to study and better understand his role, the Joker so that he could play it well and we do agree that he did play it well.
Kim went further to talk about Heath’s work ethic. How he loved to always carry out an in-depth study of his characters before playing the role and how he put in more effort than normal for the Joker role.
A lot of people worried that Heath would lose himself in the mind of the Joker because the character was very twisted and mentally unstable. They feared that his creation would do him in and on January 22nd, 2008, it seemed as though their greatest fears had come to life when Heath was pronounced dead from a prescription pill overdose. It was later discovered that his system contained oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam, and doxylamine.
Heath had already been suffering from Insomnia and had a hard time getting his mind to rest, and he wasn’t shy to talk about it.
It was very sad that he did not live to see his character win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor or complete the trilogy in The Dark Knight Rises. The last time we would ever see him in his role as the Joker is in the Dark Knight.
With him gone, we would never know if Tom Hardy would have been asked to play the role of Bane, the Villain or if the actor playing the role of Batman, Christian Bale would have been stuck fighting against two villains.