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17 Famous Actors Who Almost Played the Joker

Updated June 14, 2019 7.1k votes 1.1k voters 41.5k views17 items

List RulesA list of notable people who were (somewhat) close to playing the Joker. Vote up the ones you would love to see play the role.

In every superhero movie, villains seem to have the most fun. And no villain has more fun that Batman’s arch nemesis the Joker. It’s an iconic role that seems to offer a blessing and a curse to everyone who touches it, but that hasn’t stopped a tidal wave of actors from campaigning to put themselves in the middle of a Joker-Batman sandwich. The actors who almost played the Joker are astounding, either by their sheer amount of talent, or just by how big they are in Hollywood, and some of the people who auditioned for the role will definitely surprise you. Take a break from working on your Heath Ledger impression to check out the actors who almost played the Joker.

In order to play the Joker from Batman, an actor has to fully lose themselves in the character, and bring something completely new to the role. Every Joker actor since Caesar Romero has brought something wholly unique to the character, and it ended up defining their career. And after all, who wouldn’t want to be a part of a lineage that included Jack Nicholson, Mark Hamill, and Heath Ledger? Most of the actors who were in the running to play Joker are interesting in their own way, and it would be cool to know how they would have changed the history of the character.

Vote on the actors who you would have loved to see play this iconic role, and if you think there’s an actor that should be in consideration to play the Joker - tell us about it in the comments.  

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