Friday, July 18, 2008

Not A Laughing Matter

psychopath.
sociopath.
mass murderer.
schizophrenic.

This outfit doesn't play.
And neither does the Joker.
Health Ledger's performance was one for the books. 
One that haunts your dreams and doesn't let you forget.
I will remember it forever.
To prepare for the role, Ledger lived alone in a hotel room for a month, formulating the character's posture, voice, and mannerisms.
Ledger was something of a self-taught "method" actor immersing himself so thoroughly into his roles that he would often lose his sense of self.

"It’s a combination of reading all the comic books I could that were relevant to the script and then just closing my eyes and meditating on it," he says. "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. I ended up landing more in the realm of a psychopath — someone with very little to no conscience towards his acts. He’s just an absolute sociopath, a cold-blooded, mass-murdering clown, and Chris has given me free rein. Which is fun, because there are no real boundaries to what The Joker would say or do. Nothing intimidates him, and everything is a big joke"

For the role of the joker, the implications for his mental health were particularly serious.  Ledger created something quite terrifying. 
And he was losing control.  
Costume designer Lindy Hemming described the Joker's look as reflecting his personality--that "he doesn't care about himself at all"; she avoided designing him as a vagrant but still made him appear to be "scruffier, grungier", so that "when you see him move, he's slightly twitchier or edgy." (wikipedia)


A trip to the dry cleaners and some shoe polish and you got yourself one bad ass suit.  
I wish more men's suits looked HALF as good as the Joker's

(and RIP Heath Ledger. for real.)