Every now and then, a performance comes a long that changes the way people perceive a given character. Heath Ledger's Joker, who appeared in Christopher Nolan's seminal crime drama, The Dark Knight, is one of them.
The story of Ledger's time during the film's production has been long chronicled, with the actor having isolated himself to authentically embody the character to the best of his ability. This kind of self-destructive behaviour typified Ledger's experience working on the film, and it makes his performance a particularly unsettling one to watch.
It's no less incredible however, and while the cast packed some incredible talent, Ledger outshines every last one of them in his own way. It's the Joker to end all Jokers, and while there'll be plenty more to come, it's fair to say that none have a chance of matching this one.
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