To a whole slew of us, the death of Australian screen royalty Heath Ledger and his turn in The Dark Knight will always be linked: the actor’s 2009 drug overdose occurred just after he committed his demented take on The Joker to film.
It’s long been theorised by armchair psychologists that delving into the ultimate Batman villain’s psychotic character played a role in Ledger’s own mental state, but at the premiere of documentary I Am Heath Ledger, his own family said that’s not the case at all.
After discussing their brother’s admittedly obsessive nature, the pair said claims the Christopher Nolan flick played a notable role in his death simply aren’t based in reality. Bell said “everything that came into light about The Joker, we were all so confused.”
Ledger agreed, saying “I was really shocked, because that was him having fun.
“It was coming out that he was depressed and it was taking a toll, and we were going, ‘What?’”
“But he was having fun. He wasn’t depressed about The Joker.”
Source: The Daily Beast.
Photo: The Dark Knight / Warner Bros. Pictures.