Awesome / Heath Ledger

  • When he was cast as The Joker, fans all over the world let out a unanimous "Him? Really?". He faced scrutiny from people from day one and it was beginning to look like Nolan had finally made a mistake. After all, what chance did a actor best known for playing a gay cowboy have in a role Jack Nicholson played? To absolutely everyone's surprise, he turned in a ballistic, absolutely terrifying performance that many people argued completely blew any other Joker actor's out of the water and which many critics have called a defining portrayal of the character. He also became the first actor to win an Academy award for a comic book character. Not a bad day's work.