Watch: Go Inside Heath Ledger's Chilling 'Dark Knight' Joker Diary
It's hard to believe it's been five years since we lost Heath Ledger. The actor went out with an amazing Oscar winning performance in The Dark Knight as iconic villain The Joker, arguably delivering the best interpretation of the character even seen on the big or small screen. While on the set, Ledger kept a diary featuring little things that inspired his character. From images of Batman comic books to the trademark playing cards and images of different clowns, there's a slew of stuff that looks like a serial killer's diary. But the most chilling is the last page of the diary which features the words "Bye Bye" scribbled in large letters.
Here's the video looking through Heath Ledger's diary from The Dark Knight, via The Film Stage:
The video above comes from the German documentary show Too Young To Die. As you can tell, the words are not in English, but here's a translation of what is said:
This is the Joker’s diary. In order to inhabit his character, he locked himself up in a hotel room for weeks. He would do that. He liked to dive into his characters, but this time he really took it up a notch.
The hospital scene is interesting because when he was a kid, his sister Kate liked to dress him up as a nurse. He was really funny like that. He also was in the movie. This is a make-up test which was done eight months before. Before the end of the shooting he wrote ‘bye bye’ on the back of the page. It was hard to see this.
There's been speculation that Ledger's deep dive into the character of The Joker is what caused his fragile mental state that eventually led to his accidental death, but it's hard to say what really happened. This diary is a haunting look back at the final days of work and preparation Ledger undertook to bring his larger than life performance to the big screen (you can see some of his hospital room monologue within the diary), and now we're left wondering what would have become of the actor's career and life if he had lived on after The Dark Knight. Ledger will be remembered for years to come, and he is still missed.