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Jack Nicholson – The Joker

5. Jack Nicholson – The Joker

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“You ever dance with the devil in the pale moon light?” The casting of Jack Nicholson in director Tim Burton’s 1989 film, Batman, let critics and audiences know that the film would be a big deal. Hiring a winner of multiple Oscars who has a reputation as one of the most talented film actors ever made it clear that Warner Bros. wasn’t messing around with Batman­ — they meant business. Nicholson stole the show as the Clown Prince of Crime. We followed Jack Napier as a high-level mob enforcer to his transition into Batman’s archenemy. Seeing Nicholson go crazy in the process while in character was priceless.

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