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The Disaster Artist's Tommy Wiseau really, really wants to play The Joker

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Jan 17, 2020, 1:51 PM EST (Updated)

The Disaster Artist wants to play Gotham City’s Agent of Chaos. 

Tommy Wiseau is publicly making a bid to take on the role of Batman’s archnemesis, the Joker, in Todd Phillips’ upcoming Joker origin movie. And he’s using Twitter to campaign for the part. 

Phillips, who directed the Hangover films, has apparently been eyeing Joaquin Phoenix to play the fifth live-action incarnation of the Joker in his forthcoming stand-alone movie, according to various news reports. 

Meanwhile, Wiseau — the man, the myth, the legend behind the so-inept-it’s-amazing cult classic The Room and subject of James Franco’s biopic The Disaster Artist — suggested that he wanted to play the Clown Prince of Crime via a tantalizing tweet last week reacting to the news about Phoenix:

Was Wiseau indeed joking? 

With this follow-up tweet, we're guessing not.

Replete with fan art imagining Wiseau as the white-skinned, green-haired scourge of Gotham, he declares: “Yes !  I want to be THE JOKER !” 

So, there you have it.

There’s even a fan trailer that has cast Wiseau as the Joker.


Sure, it's a gonzo idea. Then again, you must admit the two do share a few things in common. Like the Joker, Wiseau is a mysterious fellow with an unclear backstory (and a famously indeterminate age). They’re also both brimming with chaotic energy. Plus, no one will dispute that Wiseau could certainly play odd and off-putting, as well as kookily charming (albeit in his own idiosyncratic, unpredictable way).

Warner Bros. has declined to comment. 

Until we know for sure who will be landing the role, the suspense will be tearing us apart.

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