Alec Baldwin no longer playing Batman's father in 'Joker' movie: "I'm sure there are 25 guys who can play that part"
Looks like the 'Joker' movie has been hit with its first casting shake-up. Alec Baldwin has confirmed that he will not be doing the role after all.
Looks like the 'Joker' movie has been hit with its first casting shake-up. After it was announced earlier this week that Alec Baldwin will be joining the film, playing the role of Bruce Wayne's father, Thomas Wayne, the star has now confirmed that he will not be doing the role after all.
In an interview with USA Today, Baldwin said, "I'm no longer doing that movie." He continued by saying, "I'm sure there are 25 guys who can play that part." Baldwin went on to mention that scheduling conflicts is the reason why he backed down from the role.
Baldwin was cast to join Joaquin Phoenix, who will be playing the titular DC Comics arch villain in the 'Joker' movie, which is to be directed and co-written by the 'Hangover' director Todd Phillips. Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, the 'Deadpool' breakout star, and 'GLOW' actor Marc Maron have already been cast in the movie which is due to be released on October 4, 2019.
According to The Hollywood Reporter claims that the movie script paints Thomas as a cheesy tanned businessman who is more in the mold of a 1980s Donald Trump. And being cast as Thomas Wayne had an extra impact which stirred up controversy because the actor had become close with the Emmy award-winning satirical portrayal of President Donald Trump on "Saturday Night Live."
The actor, however, did find time to address the rumors about his Joker-Trump connection. Baldwin took to Twitter to say he would not be playing the role, "Let me state, for the record, that I have NOT been hired to play a role in Todd Phillips’ JOKER as some Donald Trump manque. That is not happening. Not. Happening."
Let me state, for the record, that I have NOT been hired to play a role in Todd Phillips’ JOKER as some Donald Trump manque.— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) August 29, 2018
That is not happening.
Warner Bros, which is producing this film, is yet to respond to a request for comment.