Why Actors Take Playing The Joker So Seriously

Tuesday, November 5, 2019
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    Joaquin Phoenix is the latest actor to tackle the role of the Joker in a live-action movie, and there’s a lot of focus being put on how much preparation he put into the role. After the performances by Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger, there’s a lot of pressure from fans to nail this character. Oh yeah and Jared Leto played him too.

    But why exactly do fans put so much pressure on actors who take on the role of the Clown Prince? When did this character become something that we expect actors to go super method on, and lose themselves in the process? It wasn’t always like this -- Cesar Romero didn’t even shave his mustache when he played Joker.

    In this video we’re going to take a look at the history of The Joker and how the media crafted a narrative that drove fans to expect a WHOLE LOT from actors stepping into the role of the Joker.



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