Despite the fact that, according to earlier reports, Jack Nicholson was "furious" about not being offered the role of the Joker in The Dark Knight, the actor wishes that he had been able to discuss the character with Heath Ledger, especially in light of the actor's untimely death. Nicholson spoke to MTV about what he wishes he had been able to say to the young Australian actor:
Nicholson: That was horrible. I had an Ambien experience. I don't react well to sleeping pills. Someone said, "Try this, there's no hangover." And I got an emergency call in the middle of the night and had forgotten I'd taken one. I fell asleep at the wheel about a hundred yards from my house. A couple blocks in either direction and I'd have been in a really bad accident. When the news first came out and I heard [sleeping pills were involved] - I've tried to warn people.
MTV: Is there a lesson to be learned from what happened?
Nicholson: One of the things I'd know doctors would like is good feedback in their direction. If you do take a pill, have the presence of mind to check yourself out and see how it's actually acting so you can give feedback to the medical person.
MTV: How long ago was your incident?
Nicholson: That's got to be three or four years [ago]. I didn't know Mr. Ledger, but the town is very sad on his behalf.
MTV: You'd never met him?
Nicholson: No, I'd never met him. I would have tried to have a fun talk with him about the Joker.
The Dark Knight opens on July 18, 2008, and stars Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart and Maggie Gylenhall.