Ledger biopic reveals secret behind Joker’s lip-licking

The actor was 28 when he died of a cardiac arrest brought about by combined drug intoxication in 2008

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The documentary on the life of actor Heath Ledger has disclosed that a make-up issue was responsible for The Joker’s menacing lip-licking habit in The Dark Knight.

I Am Heath Ledger revealed the Australian actor had to wear a prosthetic scar to play Batman’s arch rival, which would often come loose.

Ledger secured the make-up by constantly licking his lips. This ended up becoming one of the many details that made his Joker appear even more dangerous.

The actor was 28 when he died of a cardiac arrest brought about by combined drug intoxication on January 22, 2008.

The documentary will receive a digital release on May 23.

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