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As Jared Leto found out, playing The Joker is not an easy thing to do no matter how talented you might be as an actor. This is especially the case when you will, unfairly, always be compared to Heath Ledger’s outstanding performance as the iconic DC villain in The Dark Knight. It is a near impossible task for anyone to equal let alone surpass what Heath Ledger did with that character.
Still, as long as DC films are being made, it is inevitable that different actors will play The Joker and the latest actor to be linked with the role is Joaquin Phoenix. In an exclusive interview with Collider, Phoenix spoke about the rumours and possibility of playing The Joker:
“I don’t know about that movie or character specifically, but I was thinking about it’s interesting with comics. We were talking, there’s different writers and artists that come on. It’s different than this character from literature being uniquely that. There are different interpretations. It’s so interesting; I was just thinking about it today, it seems so unique in some ways to comic books. I think there’s probably room for that.”
“Maybe it’s like doing a play, like you always hear about people doing something, “You should have seen this actor in this performance,” but then other actors do it and it’s a different kind of film. I think that genre, comic books, kind of lends itself to having different people play the same character and interpret it in a different way. It’s kind of built into the source material in some ways. I think it’s cool when people do that.”
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Phoenix also made statements in regard to whether he has ever been interested in being in a comic book film:
“I guess it depends. It depends on the character, and the filmmaker, and what they’re after. I wouldn’t refuse anything just based on the genre. I think about superhero movies the way that I imagine Westerns were. There were just these comics that were like Westerns, and then they started making movies. At some point, someone came along and was like, ‘Wait a minute, we can actually really explore something here, about humanity and the character.’ I think that there’s that potential with any movie. I have had meetings, and I’ve gotten close to a couple of things, because I’ve thought, ‘There’s something in that character that might be interesting,’ but ultimately it didn’t work out.”
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