Back in 2008, we were all blown away by the late Heath Ledger's incredible performance as the Clown Prince of Crime. And now that Jared Leto has stepped into the clown shoes of infamy for [Suicide Squad](tag:2283363) , it's hard to not draw out every single difference between the two and post it endlessly on the internet.
But, it seems like the internet forgot that there are so many other performances in the history of film that can be needlessly compared to Ledger. Here are just a few.
Nicolas (Cage) Coppola in Fast Times at Ridgemont High
There isn't even a contest here. Between Heath Ledger's 33 minutes of award winning screen-time and Coppola's 5(ish) seconds of non-speaking background work. I hate to say it, but Heath takes the cake and eats it too.
Tim Curry in Home Alone 2
In the sequel to the 1990 classic, Tim Curry plays a concierge at a hotel in New York where our hero Kevin McCallister is staying. The role draws close to no resemblance to Ledger's Joker. Both characters scheme and smile malevolently, so I guess there is some similarity between the two characters. Enough similarity to say: Heath was better, sorry Curry.
Val Kilmer in Batman Forever
You can tell straight off that Kilmer made literally no to zero effort to portray the Clown Prince of Crime. Your first clue becomes painfully obvious when Kilmer introduces himself as Bruce Wayne. BRUCE WAYNE!?! I'm sorry, but that doesn't sound like The Joker, in fact, it sounds like something Batman would say. BATMAN, AKA THE JOKER'S ARCH ENEMY!!! This round's gotta go to Ledger, next time Ice Man.
Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
Sure, I know what you're thinking, "How could he compare Heath Ledger as The Joker to any performance ever? Nobody's ever done it. Ever. People never acknowledge him in that role, or ever compare it over and over and over to other peoples' unique takes on what's an interesting and transformable character, that any actor who gets the opportunity to take on, would make it their own, completely different version, that shouldn't have to live up to anyone else's take on such a complex character." But, just hear me out.
Look at how cool that make-up is. Definitely going with Ledger on this one.