Take a Peek Inside Heath Ledger's 'Dark Knight' Joker Diary (Video)

Greg Gilman
The WrapMay 31, 2013

Heath Ledger posthumously won an Oscar for his role as sociopathic "Dark Knight" villain, The Joker, and a new glimpse inside the personal diary he created for the performance is another reminder of his dedication to the character.

The journal was featured in a German docu-series, "Too Young to Die," during which Ledger's father, Kim, flips through its pages to demonstrate his son's method of immersing himself in a character.

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Ledger alluded to the diary in a 2007 interview with Empire magazine in which he explained that he resorted to solitary confinement in order to create what would become his most iconic performance.

"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 a somewhat iconic voice and laugh," the actor told the British magazine a few months before his death.

In the clip, Ledger's father points to a hand-written version of the monologue his son gives to Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) while dressed as a female nurse in the hospital scene.

"The hospital scene is interesting because when he was a kid, his sister Kate liked to dress him up as a nurse," Kim says. "He was really funny like that." 

Not so funny, however, are two ominous words written on the back of a page with a picture of Ledger's Joker make-up test.

"Bye, Bye."

Take a look inside the actor's mind, below:


Here is a translation of the German voiceover:

"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 makeup 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."

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