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Jonathan Major loves Heath Ledger’s Joker: ‘He’s gorgeous’



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Fifteen years after his demise, Heath Ledger‘s legacy continues to reside on in a brand new technology of actors, together with Jonathan Majors.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly printed Tuesday, the “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” star credited Ledger’s Oscar-winning efficiency as Joker with igniting his ardour for performing at a younger age. Ledger famously portrayed the chaotic Batman villain in 2008’s “The Darkish Knight” shortly before he died of a drug overdose at age 28.

“OK, to start with, he’s beautiful,” Majors stated of his expertise watching Ledger onscreen.

“He’s obtained that f— jawline, and he didn’t give a f—. He threw his physique round. He was so full. And I went, ‘I’m coming for that. I’m impressed.’ It takes loads, you are feeling me? To be impressed.”

Majors added that he acknowledged and appreciated the nuance with which Ledger embodied one of popular culture’s most notorious antagonists of all time.

“The best way I grew up, the folks I grew up round, drug sellers, killers, murderers, everyone was simply popping out of jail. All people had an ankle monitor on. So I knew the complexity of the fellows I grew up with,” he stated. “Yeah, you probably did do this, however you additionally did this. And what I noticed in Heath, and in every thing he did, was: It’s this and that.”

This isn’t the primary time Majors, who not too long ago wowed audiences at Sundance together with his performance in the film “Magazine Dreams,” has geeked out over “The Darkish Knight.” In December, the 33-year-old actor penned an essay for Variety about seeing the movie for the primary time at a midnight screening in Texas together with his “highschool sweetheart and her very, very cool father.”

“Did you discover how the eyes of each Christian Bale’s Batman and Ledger’s Joker are painted equally, blackened by what seems to be just like the love baby of oil and charcoal, as if these two males, as dissimilar as they could seem, have seen the identical issues and maybe see them the identical approach?” he wrote for Selection.

“This ethical theme and argument prevail all through the image. What is true and what’s unsuitable? My 18-year-old self sat within the cinema lengthy after the credit rolled, gobsmacked by a magnificence and complexity of humanity hitherto unwitnessed in cinema and dare I say in my very own existence.”

When the favored Marvel collection “Loki” premiered in June 2021, Majors adopted in Ledger’s footsteps by debuting his very personal supervillain, Kang the Conqueror. Majors is about to reprise the nefarious function in “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania,” which hits theaters Feb. 17.

“There’s strain and there’s all of the assist,” he instructed EW of his introduction to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

“From [president of Marvel Studios Kevin] Feige to [producer Stephen] Broussard to Tom Hiddleston, [who] texts me from time to time simply saying, ‘What’s up?’ That’s been superior.”