Heath Ledger Urged Christian Bale To Punch Him For Real In 'The Dark Knight'

An interview with Christian Bale dating back to 2008 has revealed some of the lengths Heath Ledger went to for his role as the Joker in The Dark Knight. And as it turns out, there's a reason why that interrogation scene looked so real in the movie.

Apparently Ledger got so into the scene that he was urging Bale to hit him for real in what was actually the pair's first scene together on the film. 

Shared as an excerpt in the book 100 Things Batman Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die, Bale explains: 

"As you see in the movie, Batman starts beating the Joker and realizes that this is not your ordinary foe. Because the more I beat him the more he enjoys it.

The more I’m giving him satisfaction. Heath was behaving in a very similar fashion. He was kinda egging me on. I was saying, 'You know what, I really don’t need to actually hit you. It’s going to look just as good if I don’t.'

And he’s going, 'Go on. Go on. Go on….' He was slamming himself around, and there were tiled walls inside of that set which were cracked and dented from him hurling himself into them. His commitment was total."

Heath Ledger was awarded an Oscar posthumously for his role in the movie. Almost ten years' on from the film's release and Ledger continues to stun us with his monumental dedication to the part.