Joaquin Phoenix may have won an Oscar for his role in “Joker,” but his legacy might be up for contention against Jim Carrey.
What’s going on?
Carrey — who once played the Riddler in “Batman Forever” — has replaced Joaquin Phoenix in a deepfake video of the trailer to “Joker.”
So instead of seeing Phoenix’s face, you see Jim Carrey’s face. The voice work is a little odd, as it tries to mimic Carrey’s but doesn’t sound anything like him.
- “Of course, the deepfake does run into some issues when Arthur is shown wearing clown makeup,” according to CinemaBlend. “It’s obviously much harder to add Jim Carrey’s face, especially when said makeup or a clown nose in the way. After all, the video isn’t made by professional visual effects artist. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the clip’s final moments, as the Joker makeup looks bizarre on Carrey’s superimposed face.”
Recent ‘Joker’ criticism
Director David Fincher recently criticized “Joker” in an interview with The Daily Telegraph, saying the film was “a betrayal” of mentally ill people.
- “I don’t think anyone would have looked at that material and thought, ‘Yeah, let’s take Travis Bickle (from “Taxi Driver”) and Rupert Pupkin (from “The King of Comedy”) and conflate them, then trap him in a betrayal of the mentally ill, and trot it out for a billion dollars.’”