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Baby Yoda fanatic Werner Herzog had an eventful 2006. He directed Rescue Dawn, his highest-grossing movie in America; was shot at during an interview with BBC; and saved Joaquin Phoenix from a car accident. The legendary filmmaker and two-time Simpsons guest star recounted the last two incidents in an interview with the New York Times.
When asked by interviewer-extraordinaire David Marchese whether he ever found out who fired at him with an air rifle, Herzog replied, “I was shot at various times. You mean here in Los Angeles?” Yes, in Los Angeles. “No, I wasn’t interested.” Fair enough. As for Phoenix, Herzog said that he recognized him it’s fun to imagine Herzog catching a matinee screening of Clay Pigeons, “although he was upside down in this car, squished between airbags that had deployed and wildly trying to light a cigarette.”
Only Herzog could make a car accident sound poetic:
“I knew he must not light his cigarette, because there was gasoline dripping and he would have perished in a fireball. So I tried to be clearly commandeering to him and tell him not to. But I was worried that if you gave him a command, he would strike his lighter even harder. So I managed to snatch the cigarette lighter from his hand. Then it became completely clear that it was Joaquin. But I didn’t want to speak to him after. I saw he wanted to come over and thank me. I just drove off.
Recalling the incident the week after it happened, Phoenix said that he heard a German voice tell him “just relax” and that “there’s something so calming and beautiful about Werner Herzog’s voice. I felt completely fine and safe.” I’m not sure what’s more on-brand: Phoenix smoking a cigarette after crashing his car, or Herzog refusing to stick around after potentially saving a man’s life. He would’ve stayed, had it been Baby Yoda.
Via New York Times
Joker director Todd Phillips has spoked to Joaquin Phoenix about a sequel more than once. The movie became an unexpected blockbuster, grossing over $1 million at the global box office. Any expectations that the director, studio, or Phoenix had were shattered in a matter of weeks. The success came after a wave of negative publicity and worries from comic book fans that Phillips had no idea what he was doing with one of the most iconic villains in history. In the end, Phillips and Phoenix had the last laugh.
So, will we ever get Joker 2? This has to be the question that Todd Phillips is more than likely sick of answering since it gets brought up all of the time. However, he seems to have no problem answering it and even teases that a sequel is definitely possible, though it would have to break new ground in order for he and Joaquin Phoenix to jump back in the saddle. He had this to say when asked recently.'When a movie does $1 billion and cost $60 million to make, of course it comes up. But Joaquin and I haven't really decided on it. We're open. I mean, I'd love to work with him on anything, quite frankly. So who knows? But it would have to have a real thematic resonance the way this one did, ultimately being about childhood trauma and the lack of love, and the loss of empathy. All those things are really what made this movie work for us, so we'd have to have something that had an equal thematic resonance.'
Joaquin Phoenix admitted to wanting to do a Joker sequel before they were even finished shooting the first movie. 'In the second or third week of shooting, I was like, 'Todd, can you start working on a sequel? There's way too much to explore,'' said Phoenix. 'It was kind of in jest -- but not really.' The actor was so into the process that he had a number of movie posters made, each taking on a different movie that his Arthur Fleck character could tackle.
Now that Joker has been out for a while and people have made their own opinions, a sequel could go over really well. There's a wealth of material for Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix to tackle, but should they? We're left with a mystery that really doesn't need to be solved. Is Arthur Fleck really the Joker by the end of the movie, or is it all in his head? In the end, further exploration could ruin everything the first movie set up.As for revisiting Gotham, Todd Phillips recently admitted that he'd love to see someone make a Batman movie in his version of Joker's Gotham. While DC and Warner Bros. probably aren't into the idea of casting another actor and doing an offshoot, at least at this time, it would probably be huge, just like Joker. Regardless, we'll just have to wait and see what Phillips decides to do next. The interview with the director was originally conducted by Deadline.
With large swathes of the population sitting at home, audiences have a chance to catch up on films that were released years ago and find new insights into their narrative. Recently, a fan who had been watching Suicide Squad with his family reached out to the film's director David Ayer to ask about the meaning behind the scene where the Joker is lying in the middle of a room lined with a circle of knives, guns, and baby clothes. Denying that the baby onesies were trophies after an infanticide spree on the part of the cackling psychopath, Ayer provided the following explanation for the scene instead.'No it's more innocent. Harley wanted a normal family with Joker hence the baby in her vision. I figured she would have endlessly pestered Mr. J about having a kid. So he had Mr. Frost buy some onesies. The circle represents how he sees Harley.'
The scene under discussion comes up early in the story. Harley Quinn, played by Margot Robbie, is locked up in Arkham, and we see Joker, played by Jared Leto, in his mansion mourning her absence. He has also shown to have drawn a grin across his face using a sharpie, which according to David Ayer, is because...'He was having a hard time smiling without Harley so gave himself some help with a sharpie.'
This introduction sets up the fact that this Joker is unlike any other live-action portrayal of the supervillain as a man who is missing his demon lover. The onesies we see lined up on the floor next to the Joker later make an appearance in the scene where the Enchantress offers Harley her heart's desire, and she imagines a life of domestic bliss with her beloved Mistah J, with their babies wearing the onesies.
How the circle of knives represents Harley in the mind of the Joker is up for debate. Perhaps he fears that his affection for Harley makes her dangerous to him, and thus views her as a circle of knives drawing closer, threatening to destroy him.
This sentiment of Joker being attracted towards Harley and simultaneously hating the fact that she has made him care for her is also played out in the scene where Harley willingly throws herself into a pit of acid on Joker's command. After trying to walk away from the whole thing, Joker almost unwillingly jumps in after her and rescues her, proving that she means more to him than he can bring himself to admit.
From his explanation, it is clear that Ayer had a solid backstory and reasoning behind the script for Suicide Squad, which unfortunately did not translate very well to the big screen. But now that James Gunn has taken over directorial duties on the sequel, there is a chance to see a Suicide Squad film that gets critical acclaim in addition to minting money at the box office. David Ayer on Twitter brings us this news.