Did Tom Waits Inspire Heath Ledger’s Joker?

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 1, 2012

Heath Ledger’s portrayal of The Joker in “The Dark Knight” is one of the most chillingly original performances on screen — but perhaps the late actor was influenced by other characters in pop culture? Like, say, gravely voiced singer-songwriter Tom Waits? Watch this 1979 interview with Waits and try and tell me the vocal inflections and mannerisms aren’t uncannily similar. [NME]