This Is How Robert De Niro Actually Feels About The Joker Controversy

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  • Published: 03 October 2019
  • Robert De Niro has some things to say about the things other people are saying about his new movie.

    We're talking of course of Todd Phillips' Joker, the controversial new film from Warner Brothers and DC in which De Niro appears in a major supporting role.

    Over the course of his decades-long career in cinema, De Niro has played everything from hard-nosed gangsters and bullish boxers to overprotective fathers and emotionally damaged war vets. He even threw down against a certain moose and squirrel duo in a kid-friendly comedy.

    This year, De Niro is charging right back into the "for your consideration" fray with the raw and gritty Joker. While the dark take on the Clown Prince of Crime seems primed to set the box office on fire, Joker has also found itself wrapped up in some surprising controversy.

    The contention surrounds the rampant gun violence that plays a part in Joker's story, with violence and firearms tending to accompany the Joker character in whatever form he takes.

    The perceived content of the movie has inspired some family members of the victims of the 2012 mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado, which tragically unfolded during a screening of Warner Bros. The Dark Knight Rises, to pen a heartfelt letter to the studio prior to Joker's release. They say they're concerned that Joker may inadvertently inspire copycat acts of violence.

    The group further urged the studio to lobby for gun reform, cease their support of public figures who advocate for gun rights, and to consider throwing more support behind groups who help the victims of gun violence.

    That letter has left Joker's director, cast, and studio in the hot seat as they've been promoting the movie ahead of its October 4th release. In the last week alone, Phillips, Phoenix, and Warner Bros. have all opened up with their own particular views regarding the matter.

    And now, chatting to Variety during the red carpet event for another of his upcoming films, The Irishman, Robert De Niro finally offered his own take on the Joker controversy.

    De Niro's words about the Joker controversy will hardly come as a surprise to folks who have followed his work in recent years. The actor's unflinching political perspectives and open criticisms of the American government, and especially President Donald Trump, have made him a target of politicians and other people who stand on the opposing side of those views.

    Needless to say, it's probably a good thing that he wasn't quite so frank in response to the Joker controversy as he's been about other topics. De Niro wisely didn't use the moment to grandstand or stump for his own views, instead simply offering his own support of the Aurora families and their worries.

    As for the current controversy, the Joker, despite always being shown as a homicidal maniac, seems to inspire a sort of idol worship mentality amongst his fans. The character's rock-star-like aura seemed to reach a new level with Heath Ledger's unforgettable turn as the clown in 2008's The Dark Knight.

    While the connections between that film and the actions of the Aurora shooter remain tenuous, many still believe the Joker served as inspiration for the violent act. As such, some also believe this new take on the character may be dangerously provocative.

    On the other hand, plenty of people see no reason to worry about Joker at all, seeing it as just another edgy comic book movie, so this may go down as a case of much ado about nothing. There doesn't appear to be any movement to stop Joker from being released, and the Aurora families haven't called for a boycott of the film. They simply argue that if Warner Bros. is going to profit off fictional gun violence, they would do well to treat the victims of real gun violence with consideration and support.

    Warner Bros. remains steadfast that Joker in no way attempts to portray Joker as a heroic figure. Amidst the controversy, the studio is urging people to withhold judgement until they've actually seen the film, with a spokesperson recently offering, quote, "A lot has been said about Joker, and we just feel it's time for people to see the film."

    As for De Niro, aside from the controversy, he's had nothing but positive things to say about his experiences on Joker.

    With any luck, the energy surrounding Joker will remain similarly positive, and the film will arrive with little more than a heady dose of entertainment value, a dash of societal insight, and a stream of awards season success. But of course, we won't get a real sense of how Joker plays until the film hits theaters on October 4th. Here's hoping there are happy faces all around.

    #RobertDeNiro #Joker #Actors
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Comments • 3 492

  • Looper
    Looper   2 weeks back

    Are you worried about the new Joker movie causing violence?

    • Faraz Pathan
      Faraz Pathan  3 hours back

      Thanos destroyed half the Universe and everybody was cool🙄

    • Little Caesar
      Little Caesar  4 hours back

      Lol bestgore

    • Lord Flvcko
      Lord Flvcko  11 hours back

      Looper from 1-10 how woke are you?
      Looper: yEs

    • Jonathan
      Jonathan  18 hours back

      How do people have stick up their asses saying that JOKER encourages violence, Deadpool has way more violence and it had no controversy. The media and anybody else who considers this controversial is afraid that they of the mirror they are looking into and revealing the true cruel nature of our society and class elitism.

    • Mr. Z Pilot
      Mr. Z Pilot  18 hours back

      John wick has WAAAAAAYYY MORE gun violence than joker and not peep.

      This is just the liberal media trying to build a narrative against this amazing movie🤬

  • Hc57171 Gaming
    Hc57171 Gaming  12 minutes back

    While watching joker It made me want to do things so don’t want to talk about.I felt a lot more crazy,I am good now It was a feeling I never felt before.I can’t get a gun,I’m scared if someone gets the same feeling and has access to a gun

    • MAGA-hat
      MAGA-hat  1 hours back

      I have only one thing to say: Fuck De Niro!!!

      • Christian Perkinson
        Christian Perkinson  2 hours back

        It's a movie! If you're so concerned about violence then do something about these realistic video games that are interactive on line. Blame the parents for not supervising their kids. Liberals are a bunch of fools.

        • Javier Strive !!!
          Javier Strive !!!  2 hours back

          Without Violence Pussy Generation Will Be Happy

          • M Ramos
            M Ramos  3 hours back

            If anything, it brings to light the plight of mental illness in our society and how important it is to have health services for those who need it the most. Joaquin was phenomenal as the Joker!

            • Lazycheese
              Lazycheese  4 hours back

              Society creates people like the Joker in this movie, not a fucking film and video games, that was the whole point of the movie, but of course a bunch of boomers and snowflakes will be mad at anything.

              • Hugo Figueredo
                Hugo Figueredo  6 hours back

                "This movie is really fueling the fire."The fire rises.

                • Denis840
                  Denis840  8 hours back

                  Poor US gun laws...

                  • Lord Flvcko
                    Lord Flvcko  11 hours back

                    Omg I lost brain cells listening to ppl say this will trigger violence 🤮

                    • Luther Barrett
                      Luther Barrett  12 hours back

                      It was a movie about a comic book character. Come on people.
                      If it helps you deal with it, just keep saying to yourself, "It's ok, Batman will soon come and punch him in the face."

                      • Hansel Bansel
                        Hansel Bansel  14 hours back

                        Change the Gunlaw you dumb Americans!!!

                        • Tony Anstatt
                          Tony Anstatt  15 hours back

                          Trump fuels the fire, but what do viewers of entertainment hope to achieve with that?

                          • Bato Laklija
                            Bato Laklija  15 hours back

                            Cops kille by dinero on film. ????

                            • The Peach Mountain King
                              The Peach Mountain King  16 hours back

                              People who are afraid of a fucking movie deserve to be afraid.

                              • Alicia Nyblade
                                Alicia Nyblade  16 hours back

                                "The paradise of the rich is made from the hell of the poor. Oh, my brothers below, I will tell them of your nakedness. I will rise up with a bundle of the people's rags in my hand. These favored and arrogant ones will no longer be able to escape the remembrance of the wretched. I am the bleeding mouth from which the gag has at last been torn."
                                --Gwynplaine, "The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo, the character and story that inspired the creation of the Joker

                                The fact that the media is practically wishing for this movie to fail and/or inspire a tragedy says it all. The clown has always been the figure who drags into the spotlight and laughs at those parts of our individual and collective selves most would rather not face. So when the clown simply plays their role, most--especially those in high positions of power--take the clown for a fool at best and a threat at worst.

                                • Psych0technic
                                  Psych0technic  16 hours back

                                  Wow! De Niro speaking is about 5 seconds total in whole video, everything else is fake outrage leftist propaganda mainly manufactured by media.

                                  • Raj B.
                                    Raj B.  16 hours back

                                    So instead of wasting time on blaming a film, how about you use it as an instruction manual to improve society so people don't go loony.. or is that a joke? Either way, you wont get it.

                                    • Lisa And John Hemple
                                      Lisa And John Hemple  17 hours back

                                      I certainly didn't watch The Joker for De Niro or his character. I watched it for the character of Joker itself, and found Phoenix's version of the Joker to be UNMATCHED. I actually think De Niro's character is TERRIBLE. I also find De Niro as a human being to be elitist and a hypocrite. There was something INCREDIBLY satisfying in watching Phoenix blow his lame brains out. 😁🤡

                                      • Juan Catalan
                                        Juan Catalan  19 hours back

                                        The only thing "dangerous" about this movie is that it reflects how fucked up our society is. A poor mentally ill man abandoned by the elitist, classist society. And Thomas Wayne who is basically a movie version of Trump.

                                        • OneEye Man
                                          OneEye Man  19 hours back

                                          I missed what Deniro actually had to say about this movie

                                          • Ryan’s Coffee Hour
                                            Ryan’s Coffee Hour  19 hours back

                                            These people truly want a shooting to happen. They want a shooting and they want a killing so that they can say they were right and incite further censorship and stripping of our constitutional rights.

                                            • Jerry Vest
                                              Jerry Vest  20 hours back

                                              The shooter they keep mentioning had nothing to do with the joker

                                              • yungin henzler
                                                yungin henzler  20 hours back

                                                I mean nobody’s complaining about John wick though what tha fuck💀

                                                • 3DPOOLL: s TC
                                                  3DPOOLL: s TC  21 hours back

                                                  Only the weak-minded mimic stuff like that

                                                  • Pakababy
                                                    Pakababy  21 hours back

                                                    To me, there is so much violence in movies and on tv, it seems unfair to choose this movie (which was excellent, by the way) as the scapegoat for violence retribution, just because the Batman movie was playing during Aurora shootings.

                                                    • X, Blackwell
                                                      X, Blackwell  22 hours back

                                                      if a movie can make you violent I'll assume you had bigger deeper problems prior too.... this was a great psychological thriller that unpacks the mind of an old classic COMIC BOOK villain!!!


                                                      With all the BIG special effects in super hero movies, this film reminded me of the classic "Taxi Driver" with De Niro, another excellent film which was much more real as De Niro in Taxi was actually political and based on a normal person, not a fictional character - this was an excellent film!

                                                      • Kevin rodriguez
                                                        Kevin rodriguez  22 hours back

                                                        Man it's just a movie , people r just stupid to be honest

                                                        • LouistheHedgehog
                                                          LouistheHedgehog  22 hours back

                                                          This movie doesn't cause violence, it shows where it comes from.

                                                          • Publius Maximus Manlius
                                                            Publius Maximus Manlius  23 hours back

                                                            Joker was soo good.

                                                            • Shendue
                                                              Shendue  23 hours back

                                                              I can understand the mother of a victim, but everyone who isn't emotionally involved and is in his right mind should be able to understand that murders don't happen because of movies.
                                                              It's not like I go to see The Matrix and then go out and feel like beating up someone.
                                                              Actually, it's quite the contrary, as psychological tests proved again and again that fictional violence actually diminishes actual violence, because it gives the viewer a mean to discharge his negative pulsions in an innocuous way.
                                                              If someone sees the Joker and then decides to dress up as the character and shoot someone, the same person would have dressed up as Santa and killed someone with a saw if you showed him a movie about Santa making toys. Deranged minds are deranged minds, for reasons more complex than watching a movie.

                                                              • Vladimir Makarov
                                                                Vladimir Makarov  23 hours back

                                                                Geez, what a load of crap.

                                                                • Гавран
                                                                  Гавран  24 hours back

                                                                  I watch movie and i give them 4- (1-5). Because Joker do and say true in movie because is true in our life. I only can been aganst Joker and this movie if i ame like Thomas Wayne or people who have all in this life and no need society to live. Maybe one of those with a vol street. Think abouts if you can't then replaced with a beggar or one rejected by society and the people.

                                                                  • Lucy B
                                                                    Lucy B  1 days back

                                                                    Those who take issue with this film are triggered by the evils within themselves, The Joker is to real and confronting, if you suffer enough abuse in your life then you have the potential to become criminally sociopathic if you never get treatment early and you still suffer abuse.

                                                                    It’s a downward spiral.

                                                                    • Casey Bledsoe
                                                                      Casey Bledsoe  1 days back

                                                                      The film is only contraversal to those who are called out by it. The media and those who stomp on the little man.
                                                                      If they were worried about gun violence in a film they would have protested John Wick.

                                                                      • RealiableCandy4
                                                                        RealiableCandy4  1 days back

                                                                        Ok bois, where are the cinema shootings? Are we all mentally sane?

                                                                        • Caster Troy
                                                                          Caster Troy  1 days back

                                                                          This is a great movie. Its does an amazing job at truly highlighting mental illness. The gun violence is what the media is using for ratings. If we control some of the mental illness related issues around guns. Just maybe the violence will reduce with it. I hate sounding political. We all know the performance by Phoenix as a person suffering from mental illnesses is truly why this film may be D.C. 's best yet.

                                                                          • VAIBHAV SINGH
                                                                            VAIBHAV SINGH  1 days back

                                                                            It's not about the gun Violence and blah blah
                                                                            It's about the positive messages this movie gave ...comon be a little optimistic media. What the hell do you want?

                                                                            • Explore Greer
                                                                              Explore Greer  1 days back

                                                                              Much a do about nothing. Terminator, Gemini man has more violence and a poor story line. Joker comes with real issues.

                                                                              • Hayden Ellis
                                                                                Hayden Ellis  1 days back

                                                                                People are more concerned about fictional villains than real ones.

                                                                                • Veda C
                                                                                  Veda C  1 days back

                                                                                  This chicks voice 🤮

                                                                                  • The Centrist
                                                                                    The Centrist  1 days back

                                                                                    The media wants people dead so they can get a story out of it and increase their profits. There, I just told you off.

                                                                                    • The Centrist
                                                                                      The Centrist  1 days back

                                                                                      This movie made me more empathetic towards those struggling with mental illness. I didn't know spontaneous, uncontrollable laughter was a condition.

                                                                                      • Frankie Dog Turner
                                                                                        Frankie Dog Turner  1 days back

                                                                                        De Niro is basically a total moron.

                                                                                        • Dikki Exmakina
                                                                                          Dikki Exmakina  2 days back

                                                                                          Too much paranoia over a movie.

                                                                                          • Michael Ivanov
                                                                                            Michael Ivanov  2 days back

                                                                                            Ridiculous.

                                                                                            • trilla dilla
                                                                                              trilla dilla  2 days back

                                                                                              John Wick, 2 hours of straight murder. Not one person talked about gun violence.

                                                                                              • Prezton Vlogz
                                                                                                Prezton Vlogz  2 days back

                                                                                                Are you saying he's criticizing a movie he's in?