It’s an uncanny resemblance… Here we have Tom Waits in a 1979 interview for an Australian TV show. Many people have been circulating this video saying that Heath Ledger must’ve modeled his Dark Knight Joker after Waits.
However, I think there’s something to Waits in general that is almost a caricature of a blue collar American man (purposeful or not), and I’m not certain that it’s necessarily so unique a voice as to being conclusively linked. Especially since there isn’t an ounce of cunning maniacal mastermind to Tom Waits.
For me, watching Ledger here is simply another reminder of how sorely missed this incredible actor is. There was nobody like him.
What do you all think? Did Ledger see this interview and decide to model The Joker’s voice and mannerisms after Waits? Or is it just a coincidence?