After his tragic passing even before the film hit the theaters, it was widely speculated that in preparation for the role of The Joker in The Dark Knight, Heath Ledger locked himself in a room for some time and scribbled notes into a journal. Now, a sequence from an upcoming documentary about the late actor (via EW) has surfaced online, featuring the very journal that Ledger used to get into the character of the clown prince of crime.
This is actually a heart touching diary from the most talented actor of his generation. I am so intrigued to see the whole documentary and actually see what is written in this notorious diary of his.
“He pretty well locked himself up in a hotel, in his apartment, for a month or so, to sort of galvanize the upcoming character in his own mind,” Kim Ledger, Heath’s father, says in the clip. “That was typical of Heath on any movie. He would certainly immerse himself in the upcoming character. I think this was just a whole new level.”
The contents of the journal feature images of the character from comics, playing cards, Hyenas, and a photo of Alex DeLarge from A Clockwork Orange. There’s also a few pages of his dialogue from the film when he meets Harvey Dent at Gotham General Hospital. You can check out the clip in the player below.