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How Heath Ledger's Joker Was Born

When makeup artist John Caglione, Jr. was hired on to create the visual look of the Joker for Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight, he ran into a problem — his initial instincts for the makeup design were too perfect. Heath Ledger's performance and Nolan's vision for the film required a Joker that dropped the comic book visuals for a more organic, psychopathic look. In this interview, Caglione talks about what it took to create the iconic look and how it went against his artistic training.

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