The Tom Waits 1979 interview Heath Ledger got his inspiration for the joker from (Video)

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The posture and voice are spot on. BTW, what the Hell was Tom on during this interview?

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  • MatFrat

    I was just showing my buddy this video this morning, now you need to show the video that was insperation for the voice of Bane.

  • The Lurker

    Sit down and listen to Nighthawks At The Diner, one of my favorite albums ever. Tom weaves a acoustic tapestry like no one else. Check out :

  • Movie Maker Matt

    The sound similarities are eerily similar. I kept expecting Tom Waits to announce that he was going to do a magic trick to the host.

  • Charlie Sheen

    The man is a genius.

  • CubeMonkey

    That's NUTS – perfectly the same… the voice and posture. Love seeing stuff like this – well done Bob-o

  • Alex

    Willem Dafoe?

  • pittyonu

    The interviewer is the late great MR DON LANE he made Aussie TV what it is today

    • Huh?

      An obscure thing no one knows about?

      • Simon

        You're getting mixed up with American Football.

  • Tony D

    Loved The Don Lane show….!

  • Zarafraze

    When he said "Entertainment" wow…

    Also, I remeber this interview from way back. This is where I knew about the existence of Lord Buckley, good times….

  • OneEndedStick

    –The 1979 Tom Watts interview with which Heath Ledger got his inspiration for the Joker–

  • Niño

    Listen to "take it with me", you'll forgive him for his voice.

  • Sarge

    RIP Don Lane

  • Ashley Mingledorff Groppe

    He was in Mystery Men as Dr. Heller and played Renfield in Bram Stoker's Dracula.

    Very cool….

  • Michael T

    The interviewer is Don Lane, he came to Australia from the US in the 60's and never left!

  • tim

    It's all an act…a very brilliant act. Tom Waits is greats!

  • edyaz

    watch this interview on letterman to get a better understanding of mr. waits today — and a better understanding of a host who knows his guests:

    1979 was near the end of his "drinking era." many of the records he has released since getting sober in the early 80s verge on masterpiece and he is still putting out killer music today.

    btw he wrote – jersey girl, downtown train, old 55 — and he won several million dollars from the frito lay company they released a commercial with a voice likeness of his that was a total rip-off (they asked waits to do the commercial and he chose not to).

    finally he is one of the best character actors in the world. check out his film list on imdb:

    finally good to see he's been using the HVAC joke since the 70s – he still drops it to this day.

  • BretW

    Why does everyone think the host is a dick? He's making the best of a terrible interview.

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  • kellyrtillson

    Reblogged this on loveyourtoast and commented:
    Whatever, Heath Ledger. Tom Waits is the most attractive man in the world. (And this is one of my favorite interviews.)

  • fart waits

    Tom Waits is the only actor to have played god and the devil

  • randomwalker29

    There was a genius from four years ago who discovered this same thing.

  • Ann Davie

    That's Don Lane interviewing him. He was an American expat in Australia, who was kind of like a Johnny Carson wannabe in Australia during the 70's-80's.

  • @tomtetown

    tom waits is god, you just don't know it yet.

  • Ispeakchive

    Since the interview was in '79 I'm guessing that he was on quaaludes.

  • The_Esposito_Himself

    Reblogged this on The Esposito and commented:
    Very interesting find. It is too clear to strike down as coincidence, me thinks.

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