January 24, 2008

"I Told Him So"

It's going to be a little odd this summer when The Dark Knight comes out in July, considering that Heath Ledger played "The Joker" for this film. No doubt his recent death will stir up a lot of publicity when the film comes out. According to Ledger's IMDB page (the link above), Ledger was the lead star for one other movie currently filming, Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. One suspects that they may need to start from scratch.

In the meantime, there's an odd story about Jack Nicholson having warned Ledger about the rigor of taking on the role of The Joker:

Jack Nicholson has hinted he warned tragic Heath Ledger against taking on the role of The Joker in the new Batman film. Ledger, 28 - who was declared dead at 3:30pm at his Manhattan apartment on Tuesday - publicly declared himself exhausted and sleep deprived in November following the grueling shoot for The Dark Knight. He also revealed in an interview with the New York Times he'd resorted to taking sleeping pills - an overdose of which is believed to be the cause of his death - in a desperate bid to catch up on rest. And Nicholson, who famously portrayed the menacing Joker in Tim Burton's 1989 movie Batman, implied to the waiting crowd outside plush London restaurant The Wolesley on Tuesday night he spoke to Ledger about his role in The Dark Knight - and warned him about the pitfalls of taking on such a demanding challenge. When asked by the London crowds for his reaction to Ledger's untimely demise, a defeated Nicholson simply replied, "I told him so." Batman Begins prequel The Dark Knight is due to be released in July.

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Aaminah said...

Asalaamu alaikum.

"I told him so" seems like a very cold response and I am inclined to assume that Nicolson probably said more than that and it's not respectful for the media to soundbite it that badly.

JDsg said...

Wa 'alaikum salaam. I agree; that's why I thought it was such an odd story to begin with.