Robert De Niro Talks ‘Joker’ & Says He Would Have Discussed Reprising His ‘King Of Comedy’ Role For The DC Film

The Playlist | 4/4/2019 | Charles Barfield
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Yesterday saw the premiere of the first trailer for the upcoming DC superhero film “Joker.” However, to call it a “superhero film” is a bit silly, considering it’s clearly aiming to be an R-rated psychological thriller featuring nary a hero to be found. Alas, it is a film that takes place in Gotham (where Batman resides), so yeah, it’s a superhero film. But, what it most definitely isn’t is a sequel to Martin Scorsese’s “The King of Comedy.” As actor Robert De Niro explains, that doesn’t necessarily mean there isn’t some homage in Todd Phillips’ film.

For those not aware, De Niro not only stars in “The King of Comedy” as the mentally unstable comedian Rupert Pupkin, but also appears as a late-night talk show host/comedian in the upcoming “Joker.” But according to a new interview with IndieWire, the similarities between Pupkin and his “Joker” character aren’t as overt as you might be expecting.

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“There’s a connection, obviously, with the whole thing,” said De Niro. “But it’s not as a direct connection as the character I’m playing being Rupert many...
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