The late Heath Ledger's father was horrified to learn that the gunman who shot dead 12 people and injured 59 at a screening of 'The Dark Knight Rises' on Friday morning (July 20) reportedly modeled himself on the actor's character the Joker.
James Holmes opened fire on a packed Colorado cinema at a midnight showing of the third film in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy and allegedly referred to himself as 'the joker' dying his hair orange to look like Ledger's character in 2008's 'Dark Knight'.
Kim Ledger, whose son died shortly after completing filming for the movie told Australia's Herald Sun: “It's terrible - the whole circumstances. It's diabolical. I am appalled. The guy's obviously a nut case. He has obviously lost it."
Speaking of the likeness of his son's character to Holmes he said: "We can't blame Heath or the character. It's (The Joker) fictitious. I don't know what this does to the character. I think that's the least of my worries."
Ledger won a posthumous Academy Award for his portrayal of the demented villain.
Heath Ledger's 'Joker'.....