This video has been tearing its way around the internet all weekend, a 1979 Australian TV interview with Tom Waits that seems to be Heath Ledger’s inspiration for the Joker in The Dark Knight

I haven’t read anything where Ledger said outright that he used Tom Waits as an inspiration, and the interview took place the same year he was born, but he is from Australia, and an obscure Tom Waits interview does seem like exactly the kind of thing an actor would fixate on (theater kids gonna theater). It’s quite possible that Ledger was aware of this when he developed his Joker persona, but it seems just as likely that Tom Waits is a time-traveling shape shifter.


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    Tom Waits is literally one of my favorite people
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    I’m right in the middle of a huge Batman obsession right now. I’ve started watching the old ’90s animated series, which...
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    when he mentioned “cult following”, i was pretty creeped. gold, man.
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    I fucking love Tom Waits.
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    I kept hearing that Heath sounded ad acted nothing like this as the Joker and all these theories were bull shit but...
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