Michael Caine has said the big surprise in The Dark Knight is Heath Ledger as The Joker. On the United Press International website, Caine says,
He’s fantastic. He’s gone in a different direction than Jack (Nicholson) … Jack was like a really scary old, nasty old uncle with a funny face. Heath is like the most murderous psychopath you’ve ever seen on the screen.
He also goes on to describe the first time he saw Ledger in the full Joker getup, during which he was so frightened that he forgot his lines. Sir Michael Caine forgot his lines. Now, that’s impressive.
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