'Dark Knight' Gary Oldman: Heath Ledger found his 'frequency'


Golden Globe winner Heath Ledger's "Dark Knight" costar Gary Oldman remembers what it was like working with Ledger, who, as Oldman points out, is really really lucky because he doesn't have to campaign for his Oscar.

Oldman told the Dish Rag: "From the very first morning that I spent with him, you knew that the kid was great. Do you know what I mean? I thought to myself, 'This kid is good.' You know that you're in the presence of something really special, and I've said this before. It's almost like he's tuned in and he's found a sort of frequency. It's like he's listening to a radio station that we can't hear. He found this thing.

Heathjoker "There are actors in their careers, a relatively short career, a young actor, but other young actors have done it too where it's like they go on a long subsonic and then they go supersonic. They go through the sound barrier.

"You've got Jack Nicholson in 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' and you've got Al Pacino in 'Dog Day Afternoon.' You watch someone like [Robert] De Niro in 'Raging Bull'. Even if it's not your cup of tea and you go, 'I don't know. It's OK. 'Raging Bull' isn't my thing.'

"What you have to celebrate is the commitment to the work, the commitment to the work in that film. For that guy to get that body and then gain 60 pounds, you've got to celebrate that even if you don't like the performance. I think what you're responding to in 'Dark Knight' is Heath's total commitment to the role. I never see an actor. I feel that I'm always seeing the Joker. There's no vanity about the role."

Nicely put, Gary.

Heath is probably blushing and stammering as he reads this.

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Reporting: Sal Morgan/ Photos: WireImage and WB