Halloween Bonus: Heath Ledger’s Joker was Based on Tom Waits

You may have heard that when Heath Ledger was preparing for the role of The Joker in The Dark Knight–the best Joker ever, by the way–he took inspiration from Tom Waits. He spent hours studying Tom Waits interviews like this to maximize his creepiness.

Take a look. You’ll recognize Ledger’s Joker immediate.

(Thanks to Shane for the reminder.)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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