Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Joaquin Phoenix’s “Joker” Is Oscar Material, References Martin Scorsese’s “King of Comedy” with Robert De Niro Character


We’re about to have a big season of Robert De Niro. He seems to play a talk show host in Todd Phillips’ “Joker,” referencing his Rupert Pupkin character from Scorsese’s “The King of Comedy.” This should be interesting. In the trailer just released, “Murray Franklin” just seems like an older Pupkin.

But Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker is clearly obsessed with Murray, as we can see. And Phoenix looks like a potential Best Actor nominee in a movie that break new ground and also be a Best Picture nominee. Wow. If “Joker” is as good as this clip, it’s going to be a wild awards season. I don’t like to hype comic book movies, but this could set a new standard.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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