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“The prosthetics came up onto the lip and feathered onto the lip, so it was almost halfway into the mouth, and, of course, when you speak, the feathering of the prosthetics became loosened, and the last thing Heath wanted to do was to go back and spend another 20 minutes or half an hour trying to get the lips glued back again. So he licked his lips… a lot, and then, slowly, that became a part of the character.” – Gerry Grennell, Heath Ledger’s dialect coach

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“He knew that he had something that was amazing. He had put all this work into it, and he was actually enjoying the work. Everyone, every sound technician, every producer, was floored by what he was doing in The Dark Knight. People would be scurrying up to screens, trying to get glimpses on-set, just because they knew when he was on, it was on.” – Kane Manera, musician

“He felt for the first time, as an actor, that he was like, “I’m untouchable. Every scene I do with any other actor, it doesn’t matter how amazing they are. I’m controlling and leading these scenes.” He was so confident, and he was so proud of that role. He was really excited for that film to come out. He was… it was the first time I’d heard him in a long time being excited about, like, “this role I’ve nailed."” – Trevor DiCarlo, Ledger’s best friend

“It was the most fun I’ve had with a character, hands down.” – Heath Ledger

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In the movie, Batman starts beating The Joker and realizes that this is not your ordinary foe. The more I beat him, the more he enjoys it; and Heath was kinda egging me on, going, ‘Go on, go on, go on!’ But he was slamming himself around, and there were tiled walls inside of that set which were cracked and dented. His commitment was total.” 
Christian Bale 

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Heath Ledger’s performance in ‘The Dark Knight’ quite simply changed the game. He raised the bar not just for actors in superhero films, but young actors everywhere; for me. His performance was dark, anarchic, dizzying, free, and totally, thrillingly, dangerous. – Tom Hiddleston