The Joker act appalls Heath's dad
Sat July 21, 2012 11:40pm
HEATH Ledger's father says the deaths of 12 people after a shooting spree at a screening of the latest Batman movie in Odeon, Colorado, should make the US rethink its relaxed gun laws.
Kim Ledger said he was appalled by the killings by a crazed gunman who called himself The Joker and dyed his hair red a homage to the pyschopathic clown villain portrayed by his son in the 2008 Batman film The Dark Knight.
"We can't blame Heath or the character," he said. "It (The Joker) is fictitious. I don't know what this does to the character.
"I'd be more worried about the families and other people involved in the tragedy."
Ledger died from an accidental drug overdose in January 2008 during post-production of The Dark Knight.
He was 28 and won a posthumous Oscar for his virtuoso performance.
New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said the gunman, James Holmes, said he was The Joker before he tossed a gas canister into the midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises and began firing.
"It's diabolical," Mr Ledger said. "I think what America should be doing is restricting the availability of ammunition or revisiting gun laws."
Cinemas worldwide tightened security for The Dark Knight Rises in case of copycat killings.
The Paris premiere was cancelled, while police were deployed at New York screenings.