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Published 2018-10-23
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The dreadful Joker's curse: each of the actors who has played it has gone through tragic moments

There are fictional characters that can be really strange and bring a kind of curse. That has happened for example with Superman and the Joker. Currently, Joaquin Phoenix is ​​in preparation to play the latter and there is already some fear about it; How does a professional actor get into the mind of a deranged, homicidal, psychopathic, ruthless, sadistic, manic, lunatic, manipulative, intelligent and diabolical clown who wants nothing but chaos and suffering? Did you know about the Joker's curse? If not, then we show you some elements of him that will terrify you …

1. Cesar Romero

1. Cesar Romero

There is no doubt that even the most experienced actors would have difficulty portraying someone like the Joker, who is known to be "a bit crazy". It is a murderous and unstable character who does not place limits on his depravity. Therefore, in order to incarnate a murderer of this nature, the actors must put aside their own conscience and explore the unthinkable of their personality; something that, probably, they did not know existed. Well, who was the first to play the Joker? With a somewhat comical characterization, Cesar Romero was chosen ...

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In 1966, 20th Century Fox Television debuted with a new series about the superhero Batman. The producers of the program decided to choose Cesar Romero to play the role of the villain, the Joker. At that time, Romero, a New Yorker of Cuban origin who died in 1994 at the age of 86, was known for his wide range of roles on screen, especially Latin lovers, historical figures in costume dramas and other domestic comedies without much weight. Romero had some interest in his new project …

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Still, it should be noted that applying the white base and intense red lipstick of a crazy psychopath was certainly a strange choice for an actor respected at that time, causing some people to scratch their heads in confusion. Although the series tried to minimize the homicidal side of the character in the comic, turning him into a more clumsy clown, Romero could not find his place in the Joker and had serious problems dealing with that duality that characterizes him. He was unsure of himself and complained of severe headaches on the set; It was not what he expected and he ended up typecast as such …

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2. Mark Hamill

In the year 1992, Mark Hamill already was a pillar of the popular culture, thanks to its paper of Luke Skywalker in the three original films of the saga "Star Wars", but that year it began to constrict another legacy. In the 26 years since then, he has given voice to Batman's archenemy, the Joker, in a variety of television shows, video games, and movies, becoming very famous in certain circles of admirers, for playing both the iconic villain and embody the farmer who would end up becoming a Jedi Knight ...

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Hamill spoke on several occasions of what it meant to spend so many years of his life trying to be the Joker and what it meant to him. The character is unpredictable, but there are many ways to interpret it, according to Hamill: "When you look at the script it's like the first time every time." And you look at the script and say, "And you look at the script and you go, 'How is the Joker used in this particular script?' And it's all over the board, the colors they use him for. He's probably like a spice, a very distinctive spice. If you add too much of it, it'll probably make you slightly nauseous. But you crave it when you don't have it. That's what the Joker is like for me. I never expected it to have such peaks and valleys and a career all its own." he said. …

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Hamill gave voice to the Joker for the first time during the series of "Batman: The Animated Series", of 1992-95, that was emitted in the Fox. But even before it entered the pantheon of the supervillains, the actor knew that the show was something special. His first voice on the show came in the episode "Hearts of Ice," in which he played executive director Ferris Boyle, and the script struck him: "I had never seen anything like this, not just in children's television -- in any television." From there, he participated in many other related projects …

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However, Hamill also spent some time in which the Joker became a kind of obsession in his life since once he finished giving voice to some project, he had to start another one; It was a non-stop thing most of the time. In an interview, he said: "Stop offering it to me because it's so good, so tempting. Someone said to me, you're going to be like Mel Blanc doing Bugs Bunny until the day you die. First of all, I don't deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence with the grand master of us all, the great Mel Blanc. But just to be known for any one character ... it's so unexpected."

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3. Jack Nicholson

In 1989, Tim Burton, a director who at that time was known for his gothic and macabre images, as can be seen in his hit "Beetlejuice", brought his vision of Batman to the big screen. His great performance needed even bigger actors to play the role of the Joker, going to the legendary actor Jack Nicholson for being the best candidate. Burton allowed Nicholson to plunge fully into the darkness of the paper and, at first, the actor enjoyed the freedom to play a man without conscience ...

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In fact, we remember one of his most famous phrases such as: "Ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?" However, the joy of giving life to the Joker would not last long, as he began to complain relatively soon of restlessness and severe insomnia. Apparently, the stress of playing the crazy clown ended up filtering in all facets of his life, and although he has always talked about how happy he was with his work, he has alluded to the weight and the price he had to assume at those moments. so complicated …

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While it is true that Jack Nicholson was not the first actor to play the role of the Prince Clown of Crime, fans remember his performance as the most memorable of the big screen. The turn that Nicholson gave to the Joker came much closer to the serious killer without remorse foreseen by its creators Bill Finger, Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson than anyone had dared to do before. It's hard to believe that an actor as experienced as him also experienced personal problems with the Joker …

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Despite the fact that the actor himself never spoke explicitly of all the obstacles he had gone through in order to leave the Joker's darkness, since, after all, he had recently played a psychotically violent person in "The Shining", there are reasons to believe that he left the Batman in 1989 with a healthy fear of the character. He said he was "furious" when Ledger got the role of "The Dark Knight", alarming a lot of media to reflect vaguely: "Well, I warned him."

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4. Jared Leto

Jared Leto teleports us more to the present with his performance of the Joker in the movie "Suicide Squad," directed by David Ayer, who was quoted as saying that Leto's Joker "made everyone stops". The actor's opinion of the character is still the sadistic and extravagant character that everyone expected, complete with new tattoos and metal teeth. Although for many it did not surpass one of the previous interpreters, one says that the presence of the Joker still left its mark, next to its other half equally crazy, Harley Quinn ...

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Like Heath Ledger before him, the erratic behavior of Jared and his antics raised the eyebrows of some of his companions: "I did a lot of things to create a dynamic, to create an element of surprise, of spontaneity, and to really break down any kind of walls that may be there. The Joker is somebody who doesn’t really respect things like personal space or boundaries." he said. Adam Beach, who interpellates Slipknot, recalled that Leto gave a cast member "He sent [Margot Robbie] a nice love letter with a black box with a rat in it - a live rat." …

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According to Beach, other disturbing gifts that Leto gave to other members of the production included bullets, intimate toys and the corpse of a dead pig with a video message: "Basically, what he said was, 'Guys, I can't be there but I want you to know I'm doing my work as hard as you guys. The video he showed is in character. It blew our minds away. Then we realized that day, this is real." he said. The actor, the winner of an award from The Academy, is known for his realistic approach when it comes to playing different characters, and has shown before embodying a transgender woman in the movie "Dallas Buyers Club" …

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However, Leto thinks that the Joker is not someone who can exist in reality. Therefore, he had to read some literature related to shamanism to fully enter the character. "He became a real person. I don’t know if a person is the right word. I think the Joker lives in between reality and another plane. Kind of a shaman in a way. It’s a very intoxicating role to take on. You have permission to break rules and to challenge yourself and anyone around you in a really unique way." Leto said in an interview …

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5. Heath Ledger

Before his death, Heath Ledger was quoted as saying: "Last week I probably slept an average of two hours a night. I couldn’t stop thinking. My body was exhausted, and my mind was still going." Unfortunately, Ledger was at the least ideal moment of his life at the time of beginning his performance, had just finished a romantic relationship and had been separated from his daughter. He was locked in a hotel room for weeks, isolating himself from society and civilization, before filming ...

5. Heath Ledger

Heath studied and imitated the corruption, evil and depravity of the evil clown, immersing himself in all aspects of the man behind the makeup and even channeling the inspiration of the character of Malcolm McDowell in the famous film "A Clockwork Orange". Before his death, he claimed to have "feared" the role, but he wanted to do it differently. "I sat around in a hotel room in London for about a month, locked myself away, formed a little diary and experimented with voices - it was important to try to find a somewhat iconic voice and laugh ..."

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"I ended up landing more in the realm of a psychopath — someone with very little to no conscience towards his acts." Ledger said. "He just an absolute sociopath, a cold-blooded, mass-murdering clown .... [being given] free rein [by director Christopher Nolan was] fun, because there are no real boundaries to what The Joker would say or do. Nothing intimidates him, and everything is a big joke." When filming began, his fellow actors noticed the effect that the Joker was having on the actor; He seemed unable to leave the character on the set. It was not long before the depression, anxiety, and insomnia …

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Ledger visited a variety of doctors during that time and prescribed medications with dangerous compounds. In the end, he was found dead in his apartment by an accidental overdose on January 22, 2008, 6 months before the movie premiere. The newspaper that Heath kept was revealed later, full of images of hyenas, comics, and on the last page, the words "bye bye" written in bold. It is a pity that the fact of wanting to get so much into a character can end someone’s life, but somehow, the Joker seems to disrupt each and every one of those who embodies it.

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