20 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets from The Dark Knight
Christian Bale Hurt Heath Ledger During Filming
One of the most disturbing moments in The Dark Knight comes when Batman is hurling the Joker around an interrogation cell, and the villain seems almost totally unphased. According to Christian Bale, Heath Ledger was actually being hurt in that scene, and his laughter in response felt genuine.
As it turns out, Heath was so committed to the role that he was willing to actually hurt himself just to make it feel more real for audiences. There’s a reason this performance won him a posthumous Oscar. No one has ever been this committed to a comic book performance, and the on-screen results pretty much speak for themselves.