A German documentary of the life and tragic death of Heath Ledger has resurfaced.
And it has brought along with it the haunting diary kept by the Hollywood star as he worked to get his head in the right space for his role of the Joker in the Batman movie, The Dark Knight.
A poignant clip from the documentary, entitled Heath Ledger: Too Young To Die, shows the star’s father flicking through the journal, which was made up of a series of chilling imagery and scribblings, such as film stills from the cult movie A Clockwork Orange, scenes from old Batman comic strips and a number of playing cards – the Joker’s way of signifying that he had been at a scene.
Too Young To Die documents the late actor’s journey of preparation for the role, and was originally previewed back in 2012.
Heath’s Dad explained: “He pretty well locked himself up in a hotel, in his apartment, for a month or so, to sort of galvanize the upcoming character in his own mind.
“That was typical of Heath on any movie. He would certainly immerse himself in the upcoming character. I think this was just a whole new level.”
The word “Chaos” can also be seen scrawled into the pages, written in capital letters and highlighted in green.
The words BYE BYE can be made out on the final page of the journal. A very telling sign-off from the star, who died just a few months after filming for the role of the Joker.
Heath tragically passed away at the age of 28-years-old. He was found unresponsive in his New York home, after an accidental overdose of prescription drugs. Many have still speculated that Heath struggled with the dark mind of the character that he had created for the film.
A year later, he was awarded a posthumous Oscar for his role in The Dark Knight. You can catch a glimpse of the award in the documentary footage.
You can watch the clip below…
By Laura Jane Turner