The Joker origin films has been one of the most hotly discussed and contested upcoming projects in recent memory. Directed by Todd Phillips, produced by Martin Scorcese, and rumored to feature elements of the iconic ‘Killing Joke’ comic event, it promises to be one of the most unique ‘superhero’ films ever.
It was recently reported that Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix was in talks sign on as just the 5th actor to play the Clown Prince of Crime on the big screen. While this rumor is still just that, a rumor, it didn’t stop Erik Davis of Fandango from asking Phoenix about the possibility of the him donning the classic face paint.
And, of course, the Golden Globe winner played coy with his answer.
“I don’t know… it could be an interesting character, I don’t know. I see it as any other movie,” he said. “I wouldn’t say… “I won’t do Westerns.” It depends on what it is. I don’t really care about the genre, I care about the character and the filmmaker. If you have the ability to transcend the genre, then that’s what you want to do. So I wouldn’t say, hands down, no – I wouldn’t do that kind of movie. There are things where I’ve flirted with the possibility where there was the potential for this to be… something that’s actually interesting to me. But then for whatever reason they never got to that place where everyone else feels the same way. And that’s key. Everyone has to want to explore the same thing or else it just doesn’t f**king work. I’m not opposed to it. I don’t make decisions on budget or things like that – it’s really the filmmaker and the character.”
Phoenix has made a career out of his method acting and has contiguously been rumored to be taking on a role in comic book films for years. With the amount of backlash Jared Leto has faced for is interpretation of one of the greatest characters in pop culture history, the creative forces over at DC Entertainment and Warner Bros are definitely looking to knock their next attempt at a live-action Joker out of the park, and an actor the caliber of Joaquin Phoenix would be a HUGE step in the right direction.
Additionally, when Erik Davis mentioned how he believed Phoenix would make an exceptional Joker during the interview, he “sat back, smiled, rubbed his hands together and gave a look as if to say, well, we’ll see.”
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