What Actor was the First to Play the Joker?
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Posted 1/5/2023 5:06:16 PM
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"Conrad Veidt, the original inspiration for the Joker, from the 1928 film The Man Who Laughs
No, this isn’t a still from a new Batman movie, this is actually a press photo from the silent film The Man Who Laughs. Directed by Paul Leni, the film is a German Expressionist film that’s so disturbing that it’s often categorized as a horror movie rather than the drama that it really is.

The star of the film, Conrad Veidt, was so skilled at changing the way he looked to fit his roles that he lost himself totally in his work. Veidt stars in the film as Gwynplaine, the star of a freak show in a traveling carnival thanks to the permanent grin that was etched across his face as a child.

Veidt’s look in the film is famous not only for being incredibly creepy, but for inspiring the entire look of the Joker. Even today, visuals of Joker are clearly indebted to Veidt, down to his hairstyle and terrifying grin."


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I've seen the movie. Really, it's a good story. An interesting note, the actor did the smile just with his facial muscles. No prosthetics or anything like that. In the story he is captured by "gypsies" at a young age and they cut up his face. Not bad for a Joker origin story.
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