David Fincher believes Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker betrayed the mentally ill


It’s been over a year and Joaquin Phoenix’s JOKER is still making the headlines. The billion dollar Oscar winner was a brief talking point in a recent interview where David Fincher (MINDHUNTER) was discussing his upcoming MANK series. The director had a few interesting words:

“No one would have thought they’d had a chance on a giant hit with ‘Joker’ if ‘The Dark Knight’ hadn’t been as massive as he was,” Fincher said. “I don’t think anyone would have looked at this material and thought, yeah, let’s take [‘Taxi Driver’s’] Travis Bickle and [‘The King of Comedy’s’] Rupert Pupkin » – two characters played by Robert De Niro, who also appears in “Joker” – “And lump them together, then trap him in a betrayal of the mentally ill, and trot him for a billion dollars.” “

I don’t know exactly how JOKER betrayed the mentally ill. It definitely seemed like a true representation of it. Fincher also discussed one of his biggest movies, FIGHT CLUB, which also had its own commentary on the mentally ill:

“The general view thereafter among studio types was, ‘Our careers are over.’ The fact that we made this film in 1999 is still, in my opinion, a miracle.

What do you think? Is Fincher right? I’d love to hear your thoughts below in the comments!


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