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Heath Ledger Was No Joker on Set, Says Fellow Oscar Nominee: ‘He’d Just Hug Everybody’

If the inside scoop on Heath Ledger is correct (and we have no reason to believe it’s not), the late actor was not only a gentleman but a teddy bear to boot.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” says John of the affable relationships Heath (above, as The Joker) had with staffers on The Dark Knight.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” says John of the affable relationships Heath (above) had with production staffers.

This week on BlogTalkRadio’s Movie Geeks United, host Jamey DuVall talks with makeup artist John Caglione Jr., who created Heath’s now-iconic Joker face in The Dark Knight.

John – a veteran of such hit flicks as The Departed, Donnie Brasco and Heat – tells Jamey he has never worked with an actor quite so genuinely affectionate as Heath.

“When Heath would come in in the morning – sometimes really early, like 5:30 – the first thing he’d do would be to hug every- body in the trailer.  Big bear hugs to everybody – all the makeup and hair people, and all the actors,” says John, who, like Heath, was nominated for an Oscar for his work on the film.

“Then we’d do the makeup – took about an hour and a half – and he’d work a 12-hour day. And no matter how banged-up or bruised Heath was after that long day, after we’d take off the last drop of makeup he’d just hug everybody in the trailer before he left.”

John (right) at work on another famous face.

John (right) at work on another famous face.

The Dark Knight was Heath’s last completed film role, though when he passed away 13 months ago from an accidental overdose of pre- scription drugs, he has in the middle of shooting The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.

To complete that flick, which is scheduled for release this summer, director Terry Gilliam cast Colin Farrell, Jude Law and Johnny Depp in different incarnations of Heath’s character.

To hear John’s full interview, click here.

Heath’s Joker Nothing Like Jack’s, ‘Dark Knight’ Producer Hints to BTR

Don’t speak Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger’s names in the same breath – at least not when talking to “The Dark Knight” executive producer Michael Uslan about the actors’ portrayal of the Joker.

Uslan tells BlogTalkRadio’s Bob “Mr. Media” Andelman that the late Ledger’s dark portray of the be-loathed Batman villain will live in stark contrast that of Nicholson’s clownish turn.

“You can’t re-do things that were already done,” Uslan says when asked how Ledger stacks up to Nicholson, who originated the Joker role in 1989’s “Batman.” “You have to find new and inventive ways to do them.”

In addition to dishing about the highly anticipated “Dark Knight,” which opens July 18, Uslan also spoke about his work with another comic-book based flick, Will Eisner’s “The Spirit,” which hits theatres in December – and proved to be an even more protracted project.

“I thought nothing I would ever do in life would take longer than the 10 years it took to bring a dark and serious Batman to the screen. And here we are, 14 years out,” he says of “The Spirit.”

When Mr. Media brought up the public’s concerns that director Frank Miller couldn’t do justice to Eisner’s vision, Uslan assured him otherwise.

“Frank knew this had to be as daring and innovative and pushing-the-envelope as Will Eisner would have wanted because that’s the way Will did everything he ever created,” he said.

Not only that, but when the movie opens, Uslan promised, “I will look the wonderful and lovely Ann Eisner [Will’s widow] in the eye and say, ‘Here’s everything I promised Will.’”