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In preperation for his role as The Joker, Heath Ledger not only read the comics that went along with the script for The Dark Knight, but also locked himself away in a hotel in London where he formed a little diary and experimented with voices.

Here is what went on in that diary:

Jesters, clowns and jokers appear among the images in the diary, as do pictures of actor Malcolm McDowell as Alex in A Clockwork Orange.

And, of course, images of THE Joker from the Batman comics.

The actor wrote out his lines for the hospital scene by hand in the diary.

The Make-Up Test

The Goodbye…

"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."

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