The pair worked together on The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus before Ledger’s untimely death in 2008, and Garfield reveals the Brokeback Mountain star was excited about seeing his turn as The Joker when it hit the big screen.
The 27 year old was so impressed with Ledger’s sinister performance in the Batman movie, he’s channelling the actor as he prepares to start work on his first outing as the webslinger.
Garfield tells MTV.com, “(The Dark Knight) wasn’t out, but I knew how excited he was. I was talking to his friends about it, who had been involved in the process, and they were so jazzed about how people were going to react to him.
“What I learned from watching him in that movie was that it was so honest and specific. Somehow he made this very broad character incredibly honest and human. There’s so much to be learned from that, because otherwise during the big fight sequences, who cares, unless you have a good understanding of who the characters fighting are?”
Garfield has taken over the comic book role from Tobey Maguire, who quit the franchise earlier this year (10) after starring in three films.