Is Tom Waits really “The Joker”? (Video)

Why so serious, Waits?

After seeing some videos of Tom Waits, I am completely convinced that Heath Ledger used the bizarre singer as his inspiration for The Joker in The Dark Knight.

I always thought that Ledger created his unique interpretation of the Joker and turned it into the greatest single acting performance of all time, but man oh man it seems like he channeled this crazy from Waits himself.

Take a look at the 1979 Australian interview with the strung-out Waits (and a 1983 bit with Letterman), and try to convince me that this guy isn’t Batman’s nemesis (or should be if Batman had a war on drugs).