The Bagger on the Joker

Posted by · 5:33 pm · December 24th, 2008

Heath LedgerI missed this earlier this morning, but it looks like The Carpetbagger is going back to the “Dark Knight” well this holiday eve:

But regardless of what goes into it, what came out of Mr. Ledger in “Dark Knight” was stone amazing. If part of acting — and it’s clear we are just guessing here — is making what is inside a character visible on the outside, then Ledger hit one hard in that movie. The Bagger doesn’t care from “Batman,” but what Ledger did in that film, taking a malevolent clown’s rococo world-view and exposing the gears, was something to behold. We all believed that Joker in the movie, we all understood his vicious take on the world. There’s been more than a few times in the last few days when the Bagger has heard that maniacal laugh in his head and thought of the man who inhabited on a movie set.

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  • 1 12-25-2008 at 11:20 am

    McGuff said...

    I watched TheMovieBlog’s TDK DVD commentary with Kris and Campea the other day — admittedly, just the first hour — and, of course, Heath was heavily praised in every scene. Deservingly, of course. At one point, Campea says that Heath was the best supporting character he’s seen in “the last five, six years.” Kris asks him what he’s looking back to, and randomly, he pulls out Lou Gossett Jr. in “Officer and a Gentleman,” from 25 years ago.

    Anyway, this prompted me to take a look back through the 2000s, and find my own favorite supporting performances. Here’s my five:

    1. Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
    2. Chris Cooper, Adaptation
    3. Thomas Haden Church, Sideways
    4. Jackie Earle Haley, Little Children
    5. Tim Robbins, Mystic River

    But here’s the thing: Ledger is so far above the competition, it’s ridiculous. I love those performances below Ledger’s, but honestly, I had to look back through the Academy records to really find a complete list. In 20, in 40 years, I’ll remember Ledger’s performance.

    (BTW, this is undoubtedly a challenge to John Foote: I want an upcoming lists to be the best supporting performances of all-time. I haven’t seen nearly the amount of old movies you have, but still, I just can’t imagine a performance better than Heath.)

  • 2 12-25-2008 at 11:25 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    McGuff: I was actually thinking about putting together such a list myself. I’ve been compiling for a little while now (with a definitive #1, just filling in the gaps). So you’ll probably get your wish (albeit from me rather than John).

  • 3 12-25-2008 at 11:48 am

    McGuff said...

    I’ll take it!

  • 4 12-25-2008 at 12:06 pm

    JAB said...

    Kris, when can we expect the Best Shots of the year post? I’m very eager to see it! :-)

  • 5 12-25-2008 at 12:22 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...