Todd Phillips (left) and actor Joaquin Phoenix have defended Joker ahead of the film’s opening, after some opinion writers called it dangerous and irresponsible. “I just hope people see it and take it as a movie,” Phillips says. Photo: AP

Joker’s Joaquin Phoenix and Todd Phillips forced to defend film even before it has hit cinemas – not that it bothers them … much

  • It’s astounding how easily the far left can sound like the far right, director and co-writer Phillips says amid talk that Joker is dangerous and irresponsible
  • Phoenix, who found portraying the lead character uncomfortable, says, ‘I don’t think it’s the filmmaker’s responsibility to teach morality’
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Todd Phillips (left) and actor Joaquin Phoenix have defended Joker ahead of the film’s opening, after some opinion writers called it dangerous and irresponsible. “I just hope people see it and take it as a movie,” Phillips says. Photo: AP
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