Heath Ledger Comments on The Joker, The Dark Knight

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Despite the character's name, portraying The Joker is far from a fun ride.

Just ask Heath Ledger, who suits up for this iconic role in The Dark Knight, playing a "psychopathic, mass-murdering, schizophrenic clown with zero empathy," as the actor described his Joker to The New York Times recently.

The Joker

The role is a honor, but it's also exhausting, Ledger told the newspaper.

"Last week I probably slept an average of two hours a night," he said. "I couldn't stop thinking. My body was exhausted, and my mind was still going."

We're sure it will all pay off when The Dark Knight hits theaters in July, 2008, however. We can't wait.

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The Dark Knight Quotes

I had a vision, of a world without Batman. The mob ground out a little profit and the police tried to shut them down, one block at a time. And it was so... boring. I've had a change of heart. I don't want Mr.Reese spoiling everything, but why should I have all the fun? Let's give someone else a chance. If Coleman Reese isn't dead in sixty minutes then I blow up a hospital.

The Joker

Because he's the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now...and so we'll hunt him, because he can take it. Because he's not a hero. He's a silent guardian, a watchful protector...a dark knight.

Lt. James Gordon