Their Laughs are Similar, Too

I was all set to post a clip from 1963’s The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh, starring Patrick McGoohan, but it appears that Disney has pulled all the bootlegs off of YouTube. I wanted to compare Patrick McGoohan’s Scarecrow cackle to Heath Ledger’s Joker laugh. While watching television promotions for  The Dark Knight, I noticed a distinct similarity in their chuckles. They also share that jagged mouth line extension up the cheek.

I’m wondering if Christopher and Jonathan Nolan did this as an homage to the Patrick McGoohan character. Then, again, it’s just come to my attention that there is also a Scarecrow character in The Dark Night. Maybe I’ll wait until I’ve seen the movie before speculating on these things.

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2 responses to “Their Laughs are Similar, Too

  1. jota

    Nice catch.

    Didja ever notice P. McGoohoo’s famous painting in Escape from Alcatraz? Just as jokingly devilish. Made the Doc slice off his fingers in the metal shop. Ouch.

    ——————————————-
    English: [after Doc chopped off his fingers] “I heard about Doc, and I know why he did it. Somebody took away his painting privileges.”

    Frank Morris (as played by Clint Eastwood): “There’s always the possibility that some asshole will be offended. Isn’t there?”

  2. From a clip I saw on TV last night, it even appears that Ledger’s Joker has copped a Chicago accent, which the Chicagoan in me can’t help appreciate. (The movie was filmed here.)

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