A video from a 1979 Australian talk show has been making the viral
rounds of late. The YouTube clip features then 29 year-old
musician/sometimes actor Tom Waits uncannily serving as inspiration to
late Australian actor Heath Ledger’s portrayal of The Joker 30 years
later in 2008’s The Dark Knight.
From his voice, to his inflections, to his mannerisms, it’s really
like watching Ledger’s iconic performance in a time capsule. Ledger and
Waits both acted in Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, released in 2009.
straight to the 1:30 minute mark to skip show host Don Lane introducing
a short clip of Waits performing the Christmas carol “Silent Night” and
preparing his audience in '70s talk show style for how unusual Waits
was going to be...
Ledger really steals the show, doesn't he?