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Ledger says Joker will be made-up

HeathLedger.jpgHeath Ledger has been talking about his upcoming role as The Joker in The Dark Knight, the sequel to Batman Begins (Filmstalker review).

What's interesting is that earlier reports said that there wouldn't be a Joker "mask" involved (as in the made-up face), and that he would just be looking like an ordinary guy for the most part, but here there's a comment about the fact that he's yet to try the role with the mask on, but it is coming.

Q: As the Joker in the new "Batman" movie, have you tried on the mask yet?
A: Metaphorically, yes. I've been bouncing around like a lunatic for four months. I definitely have a different take on him, but I've yet to do a proper makeup run. It's on the agenda.

Q: Do you walk around the house all day practicing your laugh?
A: I'd be lying if I said I haven't been.

So we are probably expecting to see Joker in full make-up at some point, and the way he's talking it sounds like it might be for a good portion of the film rather than a few closing scenes which is what early reports were suggesting.

The rest of the Newsweek interview is over at MSNBC through Jo Blo.



Fricking Awesome News!!!! Good to see the guy is putting in full efforts to make this work well.

There will probably be some prosthetics, to get the grin right. (Every Joker has had them, but they don't cover the entire face.) So I doubt it'll be a full mask. More likely makeup. I didn't see anything in that article (it's from the April 9th issue of Newsweek, and on Newsweek's website) to indicate that he'd be in full makeup the entire film. Just that he would be in makeup at some point.

I'll bet Ledger's having a blast "creating" right now. . . . LOL


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