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Heath Ledger's Inspiration for The Joker Discovered? - VIDEO


In a 1979 interview with Tom Waits.



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  1. "Well, let me get comfortable here."


    That voice.

    Posted by: Corey Lambert | Jul 29, 2012 11:00:13 AM

  2. Considering Heath was born in 1979, the chances of him having seen this are pretty slim.

    There's no shortage of gravelly voice hipsters

    Posted by: MikeW | Jul 29, 2012 11:10:05 AM

  3. consider Heath was born that year, I doubt he is aware of this person existence.

    Posted by: Wyett Earp | Jul 29, 2012 11:57:41 AM

  4. Wait, I'm born in 1983 and I know about Tom Waits.

    Posted by: DD | Jul 29, 2012 12:11:40 PM

  5. He was born in 1979, and what? YouTube didn't exist back in 2006-2007? Come on.

    Posted by: Qwerty | Jul 29, 2012 12:17:53 PM

  6. Tom Waits has been acting this way his entire career, which is still going strong. He has been in numerous movies including Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula, Short Cuts, Down By Law, Mystery Men and many others. The likelihood that Heath Ledger was familiar with Tom's demeanor is high. I suppose if the Joker had been patterned on someone Lady CaCa or Madge, you people would be all over this.

    Posted by: Otkon | Jul 29, 2012 12:37:41 PM

  7. Loved Cesar Romero Jack Nicholson as the Joker... as for Ledger...tick tick tick...overacted and not appealing for me.

    Posted by: VDUFFORD | Jul 29, 2012 12:42:34 PM

  8. Tom Waits is a brilliant musician.

    Posted by: zeddy | Jul 29, 2012 12:56:47 PM

  9. This was posted on Reddit years ago, in fact right when DK came out.

    Posted by: A_gay_guy | Jul 29, 2012 1:33:24 PM

  10. Tom Waits is a fantastic musician. He's also a credible actor. For the record, he played the part of Mr. Nick in Terry Gilliam's "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus". So, it is possible that Mr. Ledger took aspects of Mr. Wait's personality in his portrayal of The Joker. Regardless, Tom Waits is the original hipster, the grandaddy of them all.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jul 29, 2012 1:35:45 PM

  11. LOVE listening to Tom Waits' interviews. Excellent interviews with him on NPR. This interview host is obviously NOT from Australia, and I'm sorry - he's TERRIBLE!

    Posted by: Fruit-for-Peace | Jul 29, 2012 1:46:56 PM

  12. @jamal49, thanks for that tidbit. Very interesting interview and and the similarities are uncanny!

    Posted by: MattS | Jul 29, 2012 2:51:59 PM

  13. Wait... someone that loved Cesar Romero's Joker thinks Heath Ledger's was overacted? You, sir, are who the phrase "No accounting for taste" was invented for.

    Posted by: ryan | Jul 29, 2012 3:47:05 PM

  14. It really does look and sound like Heath's Joker, doesn't it?

    Posted by: Seattle Mike | Jul 29, 2012 4:13:52 PM

  15. This was on reddit like 3 days ago.

    Posted by: AsSeenonReddit | Jul 29, 2012 5:21:11 PM

  16. The host is Don Lane, one of Australia's most loved performers. He was American born and raised but spent a lot of his life, including his final years, in oz. He was also a great singer and used to open for Sammy davis jr. Also, I'm born in 1980 and I know Tom waits and probably a lot of that knowledge comes from the Internet.

    Posted by: Hoyden | Jul 29, 2012 8:12:19 PM

  17. Mikew, I was born in 1980 and I know who Frank Sinatra is.

    Posted by: Booty | Jul 30, 2012 4:08:20 AM

  18. Sounds exactly like the voice Heath did for the Joker. Hey people, there are reruns, ya know and Heath could have definitely seen that interview and mimicked the voice.

    Posted by: Bobby | Jul 30, 2012 10:27:27 AM

  19. Dang. A chiropractor's hands would twitch just from watching Waits move his head. He doesn't look UNcomfortable so much as differently comfortable.

    Posted by: Robert | Jul 30, 2012 12:02:40 PM

  20. Reruns of Don Lane? No, that would have been like re-running Letterman, and didn't happen.

    @Jamal: Ledger met Waits in Imaginarium AFTER he did Batman.

    @Booty: And I know who Beethoven is.

    Posted by: MikeW | Aug 3, 2012 4:57:03 PM

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