Questions have arisen about whether his overdose was really accidental. And some have even suggested that he was so depressed over his split with Michelle Williams — the mother of his only child, Matilda — that perhaps he no longer wanted to be alive.
If Nolan’s only goal were to add to another revisionist wrinkle to an iconic villain, Ledger’s brutal, batshit malevolence would qualify The Dark Knight as a success.
, he also bizarrely drew from ventriloquist dummies.
Echoing the sly psychopathy and scary singsong voice of Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs (Hannibal Ledger!
), Ledger carries in him the deranged threat of a punk star like Sid Vicious, whom he supposedly took as one of the models for his character.
David Fear, Time Out New York Next to Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard’s propulsive drone of a score, Ledger’s performance is the most dynamic element of the movie.
What the late actor accomplishes with little more than a nurse uniform and a Groucho Marx waddle makes the various explosions, as well as Bale’s raspy, remote characterization, pale in comparison.Marc Lee, The Daily Telegraph The Dark Knight has plenty of high-speed, maximum-volume action sequences, but it is also one of the most intelligent big-budget Hollywood movies of recent times; and no sympathy vote is required for a cinematic creation as accomplished as Ledger's deranged, demonic Lord of Chaos.It is a genuinely unsettling, brilliantly nuanced portrait of evil.Bale – who is notorious for his method acting, which has seen him lose lots of weight, and, erm, gain lots of weight – explained that even he thought Heath was taking things too far with his demands to be punched."He was slamming himself around," explained Bale."And there were tiled walls inside of that set which were cracked and dented from him hurling himself into them.Ledger seems to have understood that, and brings an appropriate - and riveting - unpredictability to the role.