The tenth anniversary of Heath Ledger’s death has only just passed and fans around the world are still reeling from the actor’s sudden passing.
One person who spoke with the Aussie actor on the night before he died was his sister Kate.
Speaking to news.com.au, the Perth-based publicist dispelled rumours that his Joker character in The Dark Knight, in some way, caused his death. She said: “He was a really happy person and he had huge plans for his future. I spoke to him the night before and we were laughing and joking.
“He was so proud of what he had done in Batman. And I know he had plans for another Batman. He loved working with Chris Nolan and Christian Bale and Gary Oldman. He just had the best time ever doing that film.
“When he came home at Christmas he couldn’t wait to tell us all about it and he was doing the voice and laughing, showing me all the rushes. We had a great time.”
In the documentary I Am Heath Ledger, the actor’s dad, Kim, explained that his son worked incredibly hard to produce the now infamous role of the Joker, saying: “He pretty well locked himself up in a hotel room for weeks. He galvanised the upcoming character.
“That was typical of Heath. He would do that. He liked to dive into his characters, but this time he really took it up a notch.”
But because the character was so sick and twisted, many feared Ledger struggled to break out of the Joker’s psyche, which he helped create.
He died on January 22, 2008 from an accidental overdose of prescription painkillers. A toxicology report found he had oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam and doxylamine in his system.
Ledger was also very open about his struggles with insomnia and switching his brain off at night.
The Joker won Heath a posthumous Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, but it would have awesome to see him reprise the role in the end of the trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises. The last we saw of the colourful Joker in The Dark Knight was upside down, suspended from the side of a bridge, laughing hysterically.
It brings up interesting questions about whether Tom Hardy would still have been brought in to be the villainous Bane or would Christian Bale’s Batman have to fight two foes in the movie.
Alas, we’ll never know.