20 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets from The Dark Knight

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Jack Nicholson Wanted to Reprise His Role as The Joker

Jack Nicholson the Joker

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Before Heath Ledger turned in an iconic Joker performance, Jack Nicholson also played the infamous comic book villain. In many ways, Heath’s performance in The Dark Knight wouldn’t be possible if Jack hadn’t introduced his version of the character.

Although he was 71 when The Dark Knight was filming, Jack was still furious that he wasn’t asked to reprise his role. As Jack told MTV, “I’m furious. They never asked me about a sequel with the Joker. I know how to do that. Nobody ever asked me.”

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