Anthony Michael Hall: Heath Ledger’s Joker Was Based On Sex Pistols

You might know Anthony Michael Hall first and foremost from any number of 1980s flicks – or perhaps from 1990’s Edward Scissorhands – but the 49-year-old has been in several high-profile moves in recent years, including The Dark Knight.

Hall was asked to name the better villain in the trilogy: Tom Hardy’s Bane or Heath Ledger’s Joker.

“Oh, you got to give it to Ledger,” Hall said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “Phenomenal performance. Good guy, too. Australian surfer. A nice guy. He was mellow. Nice guy.”

 

 

Ledger, of course, died before The Dark Knight was released but received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal. He seemed to take that role in a direction that no else could have.

“He did,” Hall said. “ I remember him having conversations with (Christopher) Nolan. They were discussing A Clockwork Orange and Sex Pistols, and I think they had a real intention to do what they did – create a more intense villain that would make Batman more impactful.”

Ledger starred in numerous films during his career, but his portrayal as Joker will live on.

“Nolan told me that was the first guy,” Hall said. “He chose Heath before he met with anybody. He also told me that he hired (Christian) Bale as soon as he walked in the room. He was the best. They’re both great actors, and I’m privileged to work with them.”

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