Exorcist Believes Heath Ledger Was Possessed While Playing The Joker In THE DARK KNIGHT

One of the worlds most renowned experts on exorcisms, The Reverend Bob Larson, thinks that Heath Ledger might have had a little "help" while playing The Joker. Click here to see his wild claim about Ledgers legendary performance as The Clown Prince of Crime.

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By Jake "WaylonJones" Lester - 1/6/2012

While chatting with Movieweb about the new horror film The Devil Inside professional Exorcist The Reverend Bob Larson shifted gears and dropped a bomb by saying that he believes the Heath Ledger was possessed by a demon during the filming of The Dark Knight. When elaborating on why he thought that that was the case Larson said that he believes something just overtook Ledger.

Said Larson:

"I'd be more worried about a Heath Ledger and a Joker character. We all know where that ended up. As legend has it, even Jack Nicholson warned him not to do that movie, because of the nature of that role. There is always a danger in loosing that line of distinction. But I don't see that happening in this particular film. Because I think they take a realistic, factual approach to it. At the beginning of the film, which I like, there is a lot of interaction and discussion about what exorcism is. How it operates. Through the dialogue, the questions of these young seminarians that are in this exorcism school give very authentic answers. There was very little that I could disagree with there. At least there is the semblance of factuality here, which is very strong...Which is very different from something like Paranormal Activity, which is just about looking for things that go bump in the night."


"I would say...something overtook that man. There is a strong possibility that somehow, he just took on too much of the evil of this character. After all, whether it was psychological or spiritual, he could not draw that distinction anymore. That is not the first time I've had an actor tell that sort of thing to me. When they are called onto portray that role. With this movie here, though, I don't see that happening."


Me personally, I just think Ledger poured him self in to the role and no "Demon" was involved in his iconic portrayal of the Joker. And to be quite honest this just seems like a guy trying to get his name out there on a big successful movie like The Dark Knight. I want to know your thoughts though. Use the usual comment boxes below to sound off on whether there is some merit to this, or if its just a guy looking to stir the pot.

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PaulRom - 1/6/2012, 12:03 PM
Nah, I don't think he was demon possessed. I think he was possessed by a driving spirit that had him put out the best performance he could.
Jolt17 - 1/6/2012, 12:08 PM
Ugh...what?
Joker11 - 1/6/2012, 12:17 PM
I think this guys an idiot!
comicoverlord - 1/6/2012, 12:21 PM
I'm not even reading this crap.
NerdyGeek - 1/6/2012, 12:22 PM
StrangerX - 1/6/2012, 12:22 PM
This is just foul!!
comicoverlord - 1/6/2012, 12:24 PM
This needs to be taken off of News and put on fan-fic. Pronto.
sexymuppet - 1/6/2012, 12:24 PM
this guy has no idea what he's talking about, what a douchebag. im sure actors come to him all the time and tell him "oh hey im possesed."

f uck this guy
HenryBulmer - 1/6/2012, 12:25 PM
umm.....have you thought that he may be a good actor
CraptainAmerica - 1/6/2012, 12:26 PM
What a pile of f-uckin puke! People like this shouldn't be allowed to talk to other people.
The14thAvenger - 1/6/2012, 12:27 PM
why is this fan fic on the news?
sbdc1939 - 1/6/2012, 12:28 PM
how come everything is a demon, if i shoot someone a demon made me do it and if im a good actor a demon made me do it
TheDpool - 1/6/2012, 12:28 PM
Something took over him ....... ACTING spooky
thedude2936 - 1/6/2012, 12:29 PM
I call B.S. Ledger wasnt possessed, he was a method actor. Method actors are known for getting into their characters...what a frickin moron.
LucasMend - 1/6/2012, 12:30 PM
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The guy should get a life.
NerdyGeek - 1/6/2012, 12:31 PM
This guy probably thinks Robert Downey Jr. was always black!

kenmac718 - 1/6/2012, 12:32 PM
I can't for a second believe he was possessed. There have been way more psychotic charactors portrayed in film. Playing the Joker would involve going to a dark place in your mind, but to be spiritually corrupted I can't see it. I credit it just being a good performance in the film. Personally I think he was just a person who might have had some prior issues noone knew about.
Fogs - 1/6/2012, 12:32 PM
jessepostal - 1/6/2012, 12:33 PM
Haha does anybody else think it was just the drugs he was on that over took him. Seriously people
loum410 - 1/6/2012, 12:35 PM
No doubt that ledger got very into this role...but he does that with EVERY MOVIE HE ACTS IN....he died during the filming of parnaseus (i cant spell it). So i dont think it had to do with batman. I dont think he was demon possessed
NerdyGeek - 1/6/2012, 12:36 PM
@Bob Larson


Supes17 - 1/6/2012, 12:36 PM
Ledger was so damn good at his role religious extremists think he was obssessed. Lmao

Way to go Heath

To the exorcist dude: Why so serious?
Greengo - 1/6/2012, 12:37 PM
Lmao.

I didn't know there was a Joker demon.

I wonder if he was co-created by Jerry Robinson and Satan.
PaulRom - 1/6/2012, 12:39 PM
Joker Laugh, What? It was a funny joke.
marvel72 - 1/6/2012, 12:39 PM
so the oscar should of gone to "the demon". :D
Talontd - 1/6/2012, 12:41 PM
This guy may be full of sh!t, but when Jack Nicholson was told of Heath Ledgers'death by a reporter, he did respond that he "warned him".
Greengo - 1/6/2012, 12:43 PM
PaulRom - 1/6/2012, 12:44 PM
@Greengo So THAT's the demon. :D
TheBatman938865 - 1/6/2012, 12:45 PM
he's an actor!
PapaMidnite - 1/6/2012, 12:45 PM
Reverend Bob Larson spreading stupidity, ignorance and the most stinking shit all around. [frick] him! This kind of putrid person deserves oblivion.
Greengo - 1/6/2012, 12:46 PM
Greengo - 1/6/2012, 12:47 PM
@PaulRom: lol : )

Greengo - 1/6/2012, 12:48 PM
@FatherMidnig: No, seriously.... how do you really feel?
Fogs - 1/6/2012, 12:48 PM
He died because of a medication overdose. That's it, before someone saying he lost his mind playing the joker or anything. That's bullshit also.
BackwardGalaxy - 1/6/2012, 12:52 PM
I thought the Nicholson rumor was debunked?
Flurb - 1/6/2012, 12:54 PM
Um, I read the original article. It looks like Bob Larson's words are taken out of context to make him look like he said Ledger was possessed. But what I see is him saying that the dark nature of the role was just possibly too much, he never says that it was a demon that possesses him.
Gr8Frappe - 1/6/2012, 12:54 PM
When dealing with "psychics" I agree with Penn &Teller's show. BULLSHIT!
headlopper - 1/6/2012, 12:58 PM
I'd like to know what denomination he's a member of.
FutureCBMHero - 1/6/2012, 1:00 PM
Jack has cleared the air with this multiple times. he said that he warned Heath about the drugs, and how dangerous they can be. It had nothing to do with the role.
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