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Heath Ledger Locked Himself in Hotel For a Month

Heath Ledger Locked Himself in Hotel For a Month

Earlier this week, Heath Ledger graced the cover of Empire Magazine’s January 2008 issue as the Joker. And now, a new image of has surfaced online via Wizard magazine (see left).

Empire has an interactive magazine of its latest issue but here are some interview snippets:

On a great deal of trepidation when approached for the part of the Joker: “I definitely feared it. Anything that makes me afraid I guess excites me at the same time. I don’t know if I was fearless, but I certainly had to put on a brave face and believe that I have something up my sleeve. Something different.”

On how he prepared the Joker’s sinister voice and laugh: “I sat around in a hotel room in London for about a month, locked myself away, formed a little diary and experimented with voices — it was important to try to find a somewhat iconic voice and laugh. 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, and Chris [Nolan] has given me free rein. Which is fun because there are no real boundaries to what The Joker would say or do. Nothing intimidates him, and everything is a big joke.”

The Dark Knight arrives in theaters nationwide on July 18, 2008.

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