The Film: The Dark Knight (2008)
The Film Thief: Heath Ledger (The Joker)
Heist Moment: At the end of the opening bank-job, the single surviving robber tears off his mask to reveal a cadaverous, smirking creature seemingly oblivious to the death and danger. ("I believe whatever doesn't kill you simply makes you... stranger.")
From then on, despite Christian Bale's conflicted Batman, despite Aaron Eckhart's complex Harvey Dent... the film is all Ledger's. Corrupting, subverting, forever dancing on the edge of panic and perversity...
The Oscar was a gimme and Ledger's cinematic legacy became immortal.
Memorable Line: "Madness is like gravity. All it takes is a little push..."
Tea-Leaf Trivia: Ledger based the Joker on a mix of Alex from A Clockwork Orange and Sex Pistol Sid Vicious.
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