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Jared Leto Speaks About Heath Ledger's Joker: He Gave a 'Perfect Performance'

Jared Leto Speaks About Heath Ledger's Joker: He Gave a 'Perfect Performance'

Jared Leto is speaking out about taking on the role of The Joker after the late Heath Ledger won an Oscar for his performance in the role years earlier.

“Heath did an impeccable, perfect performance as the Joker. It’s one of the best performances ever in cinema. I had met Heath before. I didn’t know him well, but he was a beautiful person,” the 44-year-old actor told Rolling Stone of the late actor’s role in The Dark Knight. Heath passed away in 2008, just a few months before the film was released. The next year, he won an Oscar for his work in the film.

Jared also spoke about the decision to take on the role, and said he felt it was okay because others had previously played The Joker.

“I think had it only been portrayed by Heath and it was never a comic book, maybe I would have felt that would be inappropriate,” Jared said. “But I thought that given the history, it was OK. The good thing about other people having done this is that you know what direction not to head in.”

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  • Visitor

    Jared Leto is a mediocre singer and mediocre actor…though you can’t tell him that. Dude swears he’s a gift to music and acting.

  • Brink

    Heath Ledger nailed the Joker character like no other. His are going to be pretty big shoes to fill.

  • getoffmylawn

    I agree. He’s very impressed with himself. His Joke will stink next to Heath and Jack’s

  • Anna

    Guess I’m in the minority then because I really like Jared’s acting and singing. Out of all the people casted in the film, the most I was excited about was Viola Davis and Jared Leto. If his joker ends up stinking, it’s because they couldn’t get Nolan on board and DC has a shit track with lining their characters, just look what they did with Superman in the DCU. What a shitshow. I think Jared should be impressed with himself because I think he indeed is impressive.

  • JS

    You’re not in the minority. I, like true fans of the comics, are excited to see the maniacal Joker on the big screen as he is in the comics. Ledger’s performance was not the Joker from the comics.

  • JS

    I disagree. The Joker from the comics isn’t an introvert with scars on his mouth. He’s not some soft spoken anarchist. The Joker is out of his mind, outlandish, and absolutely crazy. Leto’s version is the closest to the comics.

  • Sprite

    Jack Nicholson cast a shadow/torpedoed this character and adapted the Joker from Tv anti-hero to more like the later DC comics villain, possibly added some Prof. Fate. Comics and Graphical film.

  • someone

    Jared is an amazing actor and singer! You obviously haven’t watched any of his movies or seen him singing. Just watch his oscar winning role in Dallas Bayers Club and you will see how amazing he is. He didn’t get his Academy Award because he is a ”mediocre” actor.

  • someone

    Heath’s Joker wasn’t made to be like in the comics. The TDK trilogy was a realistic version of the whole thing, it wasn’t meant to be like in the comics.

  • Harleen Quinzel

    Personally I think each and every performance of the Joker brought their own special twist to the myth/person that is Mista Jay. NOt gonna like everything. Plenty who think that Heath did a great job. Showing the manic/crazy. Others like the Joker that Jack brought to life, very cartoon-y and such. I see it as comparing apples and oranges. But what do I knows, I am just his sidekick! :p

  • GFW

    I don’t think no one can out-do Heath on this not even Jack nor Jared.
    Heath felt it, man. Knew what that misfit outcast felt like and wore his pain in his posture and how he spoke, broken, jagged, hard, bitter.

  • nunya

    I hear he’s a huge fan of your work though.



  • Kat Caletka

    And no one else in the world knows what it’s like to be an outcast?

  • Kat Caletka

    Which is why it’s silly to compare, because they aren’t the same.