Bale The Joker didnt kill Ledger June 16, 2008 Christian Bale talks Heath Ledger. Batman star Christian Bale has called rumours that Heath Ledger’s role as The Joker contributed to his death “ridiculous”. Ledger, who died from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs in January, was urged to seek help by crew on ‘The Dark Knight’ after he reportedly became too involved in his character. Bale rubbished the rumours in an interview with Total Film, saying: “It’s not for me to tell anybody or to pretend to have insights beyond what I absolutely know, but my instincts are that the idea Heath was disturbed by playing The Joker is ridiculous. Heath was somebody who, like myself, acted for that immersion in a character. It’s not an unusual thing.” ‘The Dark Knight’ is in Irish theatres July 25th.