'The Dark Knight' is a PG-13-rated film, so ostensibly, with his parents' go-ahead, an 11-year-old boy with preternatural improvisation skills and access to face paint and YouTube can post his very own version of late actor Heath Ledger's iconic Joker.

And so one has. Watch the video after the jump. 'The Dark Knight' is a PG-13-rated film, so ostensibly, with his parents' go-ahead, an 11-year-old boy with preternatural improvisation skills and access to face paint and YouTube can post his very own version of late actor Heath Ledger's iconic Joker.

And so one has. Not that some won't find this kind of macabre and creepy.

But give the kid credit -- he went to the mattresses for the role, obtaining everything from the purple blazer to the kelly-green vest. The make-up is just right, and the mimicry of Ledger's diction is dead-on, too.

Excellent use of Hans Zimmer and James Newton-Howard's original movie score, as well.

However, it's hard to tell where the Joker's hard-knock childhood begins and this kid's real-life suburban angst ends. "I need to get out of here," he says at one point. "All they give me is pasta every morning, and it tastes like fish in a really weird way." Ooookay.

So is it appropriate for such a young kid to be mimicking Ledger's Joker less than two years after the actor died tragically? Sure, it probably feels a like it's a little too soon. But it's probably no more inappropriate for a child to, say, take on John Wayne or the Lone Ranger. (Granted, those examples are way old, but you get the point.)

Take a look at the video below and tell us what you think.



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