Sunday, 22 September, 2019

Todd Phillips Says Joaquin Phoenix's Joker & Robert Pattinson's Batman Won't Crossover

Joaquin Phoenix Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker is creating Oscar buzz
Lora Ball | 12 September, 2019, 05:27

Plus, it's got Academy Award-winning actor Joaquin Phoenix to play Gotham's Clown Prince of Crime.

After "Justice League", the culmination of the first wave of DC Extended Universe movies, disappointed critically and financially - with a 40% Rotten Tomatoes critics score and $US657 million worldwide - Warner Bros. went back to the drawing board.

But despite having little foresight in regard to the evening, the Joker star found himself "overwhelmed with emotion" after receiving an introduction from Willem Dafoe and watching a montage reel of his own best work. With Martin Scorsese on the production team, this is quite understandable and again makes it feel like the movie is in capable and creative hands.

River Phoenix died of a drug overdose in 1993, aged 23.

"My publicist said, "Someone wants to give you an award" and I said, "I'm in". But in the end, it turned out to be a career highlight for the three-time Oscar nominated actor.

"I've never been a fan of pigeonholing people and I hate when it's been done to me ― like 'Why does the guy in The Hangover get to do this?'". "My sisters Rain and Liberty and Summer, who are still my bests friends".

He joked: "I don't talk to them or see them".

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Phoenix also reminisced on the influence of his late brother, River Phoenix, who suffered a fatal drug overdose at the age of 23.

"One thing I will tell you: I would do anything with Joaquin, any day of the week", Phillips told TotalFilm.

Over the years, the actor has cultivated a reputation for the unexpected, most notably his weird interview with David Letterman in 2009, where he appeared heavily bearded, dishevelled and replied to the host in monosyllables.

Joaquin Phoenix's Joker is being lauded as as all-time great portrayal of the infamous Batman rogue.

"We're having fun", chided Letterman, "I'll come to your house and chew gum".

He appeared on the show again to apologise for, and explain, his odd behaviour a year later. Phillips says that one of the biggest questions he gets asked is if he is anxious about fans and moviegoers comparing Phoenix's Joker with Heath Ledger's Joker from Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight.

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