Joker director Todd Phillips is making waves in his recent interview where he states his upcoming DC film will be even more shocking and twisted than his 2004 version of the hit 70s TV series, Starsky & Hutch.
“Back in 2004, I decided I needed to shake things up. I was just coming off the one-two punch of Road Trip and Old School. When I faked that frat house documentary and sold it to HBO without telling them the truth, I knew I had earned a place high in the pantheon of legendary filmmakers. But those first two films didn’t push the envelope enough and that’s why I did Starsky & Hutch,” Phillips said while jotting down new jokes for an upcoming comedy. This writer managed to sneak a peek and managed to make out, “Women. Am I right?”
Phillips promises that Joker won’t play nice. He added, “I killed a pony in S&H! No one had ever done that! No one even dared to kill another animal for a laugh until I decapitated a giraffe in The Hangover III! That’s what I brought to Joker. The feeling that anything can happen. Remember the scene where Ben Stiller accidentally took cocaine and got into a dance-off? I was breaking down walls with that one.” Early reviews have hinted at another dance-off in Joker but we’ve been unable to confirm these reports.
When asked about his other recent comments about not being able to make a film in a “woke” culture, Phillips doubled down, “I got a lot of flack for casting Snoop Dogg as Huggy Bear in S&H but I had to do it. Who else was able to portray the realities of being a pimp in the 70s better than him? I was going for a cinéma vérité style in that movie, you had to believe those scenes with Snoop. I made sure I brought that same style to Joker. S&H made people feel like they wanted to take a shower afterwards, it was a middle finger to the world we found ourselves in, in 2004. Joker is going to make them feel that again.”
I asked Phillips one final question before our time was up. Was he planning on attending any screenings of Joker on opening night? “Hell no, I don’t want to get shot,” he replied.
Do you think Joker will join the ranks of movies like A Serbian Tale, Starsky & Hutch, or Salo: 120 Days of Sodom?