Jack Nicholson is a legendary actor who is best known for playing iconic characters in well-known films such as The Shining and Batman, both of which were directed by Stanley Kubrick and Tim Burton, respectively. The artistic flair that Tim Burton infuses into his films is largely responsible for his portrayal of the Joker, which has its own distinct style and aesthetic. Jack Nicholson has openly stated that he enjoys having roles in his repertoire that require him to portray people whose minds have gone off the rails, and it is clear that he possesses a natural talent for performing in such a capacity. The actor has gone as far as publicly stating that he is incensed by the planned collaboration between the dark knight in a cape and the clown prince of crime in upcoming films.
The Tim Burton Joker.
Here’s the explanation for why Jack Nicholson was so “furious” when the late, great Heath Ledger replaced him in the role of the Joker in The Dark Knight. In the beginning, it appeared as though Jack Nicholson would be the best choice for a live-action portrayal of the Joker; however, a large number of other actors and actresses were also considered for the part in the 1989 film Batman. His performance served as a significant source of motivation for the most recent iteration of the character. A number of legendary actors, including Robin Williams and Willem Dafoe, were among those who auditioned for the part.
There is a certain aesthetic to Jack Nicholson’s portrayal of the Joker that none of the other actors who have played the Clown Prince of Crime in films have been able to replicate as of yet. Despite this, Jack Nicholson said yes to the part after securing an extremely lucrative contract for himself in the process of negotiating it. Although it might give the impression that he took the job for the money, he not only gave his all to the role of The Joker, but he also gave his all to the film he was working on.
Jack Nicholson has expressed his desire to reprise his role in the film at least once more.
Not only did the fictional supervillain allow him to go to the extremes of depicting the criminally insane, but he also claimed that when it came to the Joker, there was no such limit. This is because the Joker is the evilest person in the Batman universe. After the events of Batman 1989, Jack Nicholson’s Joker was effectively done away with for the foreseeable future of the Batman franchise. A bold move by Tim Burton to kill off such an iconic character that is arguably what completes the character of The Batman, however, it won’t be the first time that the purple-suited criminal mastermind would end up dying in DC’s films, at least not in the animated films of the Batman.
Jim Carrey, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Arnold Schwarzenegger were just a few of the A-list actors who appeared in later sequels playing a variety of nefarious characters. The actor has stated publicly that he would have loved to reprise his role and add more flair to the character because it challenged his acting skills when it came to being an over-the-top maniacal character. He also stated that he would have loved to add more flair to the character if he had the opportunity.
His hatred is not directed toward the legendary figure who passed away.
When it came time for the actor to give his opinion on who should play the Joker in future Batman movies after Tim Burton’s adaptation was scrapped, he stated that he believes that Jared Leto is the best choice. “Maybe it’s not a mistake. Maybe it was the right thing, but to be candid, I’m furious.” When asked about The Dark Knight itself, the actor said “I’m not inclined to watch it because of what I said. But if it’s a good movie, I’ll catch up with it somewhere.”
It is abundantly clear that the actor does not harbor any personal animosity or resentment toward the late legend Heath Ledger. Even after having such an iconic take on the character, no one has approached him about reprising the role, which seems to be the source of his frustration.