20 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets from The Dark Knight

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Heath Ledger Did a Lot of Improvising on Set

The Joker Applause The Dark Knight

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Although there’s a lot of plot to get through in The Dark Knight, Heath Ledger was given a fair amount of freedom when it came to improvising his lines and character beats. Many of the character’s most iconic lines were adapted or entirely unscripted.

Other things were unscripted as well, including the moment when the Joker joins in the applause for Commissioner Gordon’s promotion. Although that wasn’t originally in the film, Chris liked it so much that he made room for it. Heath clearly had a deep understanding of the character he was playing and seemed to know what to do in every scene almost instinctively.

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