Alec Baldwin Says He’s Not Playing a Trump-Like Thomas Wayne in Joker



Alec Baldwin Says He's Not Playing a Trump-Like Thomas Wayne in Joker

Alec Baldwin says he’s not playing a Trump-like Thomas Wayne in Joker

News hit a couple days ago that Oscar nominee Alec Baldwin (The Cooler) had joined Todd Phillips’ Joker origin movie as Thomas Wayne, the father of Bruce Wayne/Batman. Reports at the time circulated that the character would be quite different from his previous incarnations and was being described as “a cheesy and tanned businessman who is more in the mold of 1980s Donald Trump.” Now Alec Baldwin has taken to Twitter to confirm that his role will not be another version of his SNL caricature.

Baldwin said: “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. This is not happening. Not. Happening.” 

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Baldwin previously portrayed the classic pulp hero, The Shadow, back in the ’90s but is now best known for his stint on 30 RockThe Departed, and the two most recent Mission: Impossible movies.

It remains to be seen if the son of Baldwin’s Thomas Wayne will appear in the film.

Phillips is co-writing and directing the Joker film. It will explore the life of a man destined to become Gotham City’s Clown Prince of Crime. The story takes place in the ’80s, outside of the DC Extended Universe series of films. Early word suggests that Joker‘s tone is being compared to Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy. That’s fitting, because Scorsese is also co-producing the Joker movie.

Joaquin Phoenix is slated to play the title character of Joker, with Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz and Marc Maron playing supporting roles. Joker will begin shooting in two weeks, and it is expected to hit theaters on October 4, 2019.

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