The ‘Clown Prince of Crime’ is back.
After weeks of controversy, rumoured security threats and Oscars buzz alike, Joaquin Phoenix’s take on the Joker is finally here.
The new film, simply titled Joker, joins a long line of portrayals of the world’s most infamous villain.
But while the comic book character has long been emulated in pop culture, there’s a popular theory that portraying the character comes with a dark side.
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From Jack Nicholson to Heath Ledger, it’s long been believed that playing the villain has affected every actor who has played the role.
Here’s what we know about ‘The Curse of The Joker’:
Although Jack Nicholson wasn't the first to play the Joker on the big screen, the actor's role in Tim Burton's 1989 film Batman is undoubtedly one of the most memorable portrayals of the villain.
Nicholson had already appeared in films like The Shining, but playing the Joker was a completely different ball game.