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The Greatest Casting Controversies - And How They Turned Out
After Batfleck and HunGrey, what were the biggest casting furores?

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The Greatest Casting Controversies - And How They Turned Out | Heath Ledger IS The Joker
Heath Ledger IS The Joker

The film: The Dark Knight (2008)

The actor: An Oscar nominee for Brokeback Mountain, former teen heartthrob, one-time knight.
The character: Demented sociopath with a thing for chaos.

You know how this one turned out, so it’s a little hard to remember that back in the day Ledger’s casting seemed like a risk to many people. Some couldn’t get past his teen roles in the likes of 10 Things I Hate About You (which is actually rather good) while others, inevitably, made Brokeback jokes ad nauseam. “Ledger hasn’t done anything to suggest he can pull off the psychotic/scary Joker that everyone wants, instead of the silly, campy ass Joker we’ll probably get,” said one commenter. “That’s it, the franchise is over,” said another.

Protestors preferred: Crispin Glover’s name came up often, as did that of Guy Pearce.

The result: A towering, iconic performance that earned Ledger a Best Supporting Actor Oscar. Tragically, it was accepted posthumously by his family after Ledger’s sad death.

Vote: Do you wanna know how he got these scars?

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