EPISODE 101: THE JOKER CURSE

Oftentimes, the role of playing the Joker in the Batman series has been referred to as the role that can make or break an actor’s career...

But could one of the most sought-after roles in Hollywood come at a cost that is only payable by one’s sanity… or their life??

Urban legend has it that any actor who wholeheartedly dedicates themselves to playing the Joker might actually become possessed by the evil, psychopathic spirit of the Joker himself and become mentally unhinged.

EPISODE 101: THE JOKER CURSE (MYSTERY) CRACKPOP

Episode Contents:

  • PIONEERS OF THE JOKER CHARACTER
    • Cesar Romero: First ever on-screen portrayal of The Joker. Romero played “The Clown Prince of Crime” in the 1960’s “Batman” TV series where he famously refused to shave his mustache for the role.
    • Mark Hamill: Father of the famous, creepy laugh we’ve all come to expect from the character. Hamill only provided the voice of The Joker in various animated depictions of the character, but remains a fan favorite.
    • Jack Nicholson: Another popular fan-favorite, Nicholson played The Joker in the 1989, Tim Burton-directed film “Batman.” Check out the episode for Nicholson’s ominous comments about Heath Ledger’s death.
Cesar Romero (and his cake-y mustache) as The Joker
  • THE BIZARRE DEATH OF HEATH LEDGER
    • Ledger went to great lengths to get into the mind of The Joker by locking himself in a hotel room for months, only permitting himself to sleep two hours a night.
    • Tragically, Ledger passed away before the premiere of the Academy Award-winning film, and though the autopsy found several prescription drugs in his body and concluded the cause to be an “accidental overdose,” several sources indicate something darker was happening inside Ledger’s mind.
    • Here are some images from the diary he kept when locked away in the hotel room:
Excerpts from Ledger’s Joker Diary
  • JARED LETO AND HIS CRAZY ANTICS
    • Several sources and co-stars have confided in interviews that Leto was so deep inside the mind of his Joker character, that he sent them creepy gifts like used condoms and live rats.
    • Leto admitted that he had gone to some pretty dark places when researching his character- but did he pull back just in time before facing a similar fate to Ledger?
  • JOAQUIN PHOENIX’S SUDDEN EATING DISORDER
    • A known method-actor, Phoenix lost an astounding 52 pounds for his depressing portrayal of the character Arthur Fleck in “Joker” (2019).
    • Joaquin Phoenix attributed his declining mental state at the time of the filming to the weight loss, but has seemed to bounce back quickly from this. Was he just a better, more disciplined actor? Or is the curse still coming for him?
Phoenix’s dramatic weight loss for his debut as Arthur Fleck
  • THE MASSACRE IN AURORA, COLORADO
    • On July 20, 2012, during the midnight premiere of “The Dark Night Rises” at Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, unsuspecting moviegoers found themselves in a living nightmare as a gunman opened fire in one crowded theater where the latest Batman and Joker movie was showing.
    • 24-year-old James Holmes set off tear-gas grenades and proceeded to open fire on dozens of innocent people, injuring 70 and murdering 12.
    • Reportedly, before the massacre, Holmes yelled “I am the Joker” which has led several to deduce that Holmes was somehow possessed by the character as well.
    • You can find the biographies of the innocent victims whose lives were claimed that night along with words from their friends and family here:

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