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Robert Deniro Talks About The Relationship Between His Joker Character And His The King Of Comedy Character

Hey folks, how about that Joaquin Phoenix Joker, some trailer right? With the next interation of the Clown Prince of Crime being the talk of Tinsel Town at the moment, we learn from Bobby “Are you tawkin to me?” DeNiro (who plays Murray Franklin in the upcoming DC film.) explains that there is indeed a connection to his character in Joker and his own take on a maniacal stand-up comedian, in Rupert Pupkin, from the film The King of Comedy.

This connection isn’t quite the same as say one such as Vincent Vega from Pulp Fiction and Mr. Blonde from Reservoir Dogs being brothers, this seems more like an inspiration type thing, as Deniro explains below.


There’s a connection, obviously, with the whole thing, But it’s not as a direct connection as the character I’m playing being Rupert many years later as a host.”

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Though DeNiro seems to be on board with such an idea, if the opportunity came up.

“If they would’ve proposed that to me, I would’ve said, ‘That’s interesting, maybe we’ll try to do that, but by making this type of film, it is connected in a way, as you’ll see.”

It’s an interesting idea, but incredibly dangerous, this is what’s known as Non Plot Affecting Cinematic Time Travel. Pioneered by George Lucas, this procedure gives filmmakers and sometimes legendary actors such as DeNiro the power to “fix” or change something about a film, such as forging a connection between these two films in Joker and The King of Comedy.

This is a highly unstable process and is just one of those things you just don’t do, it’s right up there with not looking directly at The Ark of the Covenant, naming the one of which we do not speak, not feeding Gremlins after midnight (I never fully understood these instructions, and never, ever, for any reason, ever, cross the streams.

How would you feel about DeNiro’s Joker character being an older version of his character from The King of Comedy? Let us know in the comments down below.

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Source: Tribeca Film Festival Interviews (via Indiewire)

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