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'Joker' Co-Star Thought Joaquin Phoenix Was An 'Irritating' Extra

"I was about to say something to Todd."

Comedian Gary Gulman’s Joker cameo came as quite the surprise to fans, but probably not quite as big a surprise when he realised he was in a scene with the star of the movie Joaquin Phoenix.

It turns out Gulman was getting annoyed while doing his stand up in the scene and one person in the crowd kept laughing at the wrong time, throwing him off his game.

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That person was Phoenix in character as Arthur Fleck.

In an interview with Collider, Gulman was about to talk to director Todd Phillips about the annoying extra when he realised who it was.

“The one thing I will say that was a little bit irritating is that when I was running through my set, there were all these extras, and they’d clearly been told that I was doing well, so they were laughing and enthusiastic,” he said.

“And there was one extra who was so enthusiastic in his laughter that it was throwing off my timing. He was just laughing too loud, and right when I was about to say something to Todd about maybe getting the guy not to laugh so loud, I realized that it was Joaquin Phoenix. It’s my best Joker story. I can’t believe it took me six takes to figure out that the man with the really bizarre laugh was the Joker.”

In the scene, Arthur is attending a comedy show at Pogo’s Comedy Club in Gotham City. The laughter that sends chills down our spines was heard during Gulman’s set, but not during typical laugh lines.

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It’s unsurprising that Phoenix’s laugh would have thrown Gulman off so much, it is ridiculously creepy.

Gulman also revealed to the publication how he got the role, “I didn’t even know I was up for the role. The casting director was familiar with my work. I don’t know the whole story, but it seems that my agent made the casting director aware of my work, because they must have been looking for a comedian who was experienced, but not famous, because I think it would’ve thrown the people in the theater.”

“But I found I had it before I even knew it was a possibility, so it was really the best way, because I know that when you audition for things, you get disappointed, you worry, and in this case, I didn’t even know I was up for it.”

He added, “[Phillips] called me and asked, ‘what would you want to do for a joke? The only thing is, it can’t be something that’s not time-appropriate. You can’t be doing jokes about cell phones or the internet because it’s not of that period.’ So I suggested this joke about role-playing, where I’m a professor, and he said ‘okay, do that one.’

“So I went in a few days early to get fitted for a suit, because they made me a period suit, and then I went in. Other than talking over the scene with Todd a little bit, I didn’t really have to do much. They gave me two pages of the script, because they didn’t want the whole script out there.”

The GoT Showrunners' Scrapped Star Wars Trilogy Actually Sounds Pretty Cool

What could have been...

Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss announced this week they would no longer be producing their own Star Wars trilogy for 2022 after signing a $250 million deal with Netflix in August.

In a statement released by Lucasfilm, the pair said they love Star Wars, but their schedules were simply too full.

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“We love Star Wars,” they said. “When George Lucas built it, he built us too. Getting to talk about Star Wars with him and the current Star Wars team was the thrill of a lifetime, and we will always be indebted to the saga that changed everything.”

“There are only so many hours in the day, and we felt we could not do justice to both Star Wars and our Netflix projects. So we are regretfully stepping away [from Star Wars].”

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy didn’t close the door on a possible collaboration in the future and added, “David Benioff and Dan Weiss are incredible storytellers. We hope to include them in the journey forward when they are able to step away from their busy schedule to focus on Star Wars.”

Now, we’re finally learning what story the GoT showrunners wanted to explore in their trilogy, and it sounds like it could have been pretty cool.

While the Skywalker Saga is set to end with The Rise of Skywalker, Benioff and Weiss were reportedly interested in exploring the origins of the Jedi according to Variety.

The history of the Jedi has previously been touched on, but we have yet to see how they first formed and began dedicating their lives to protecting the galaxy.

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The publication reports that the filmmakers and the Lucasfilm executives began to see their visions for the films diverge during meetings (as often happens with Star Was directors and writers) and when Benioff and Weiss signed the Netflix deal it seemed to signal they were keen to explore other opportunities.

When it was clear Lucasfilm and the creators weren’t thinking along the same lines, the studio reportedly began meeting with other writers.

The Hollywood Reporter notes the pair’s exit had been “brewing” since August and they were having doubts about jumping into the Star Wars franchise because of the “toxic fandom”.

They also report that Kennedy wasn’t happy with the Netflix deal because they were meant to be focusing on Star Wars and only Star Wars. She was apparently not convinced the pair, who is known for being able to focus on only one project at a time, would be able to work on the Star Wars trilogy as well as their Netflix projects.

Rian Johnson is also working on his own Star Wars trilogy and Marvel’s Kevin Feige is also slated to do one movie with Lucasfilm which could potentially serve as the first chapter in a longer story.

Who knows, maybe one of those stories will end up being about the origins of the Jedi?

This Sneak Peek Of Sonic The Hedgehogs's Potential Redesign Will Make You Very Happy

Much better!

Following the huge backlash earlier this year, the filmmakers behind the Sonic The Hedgehog movie decided they would redesign the character to fit in with the original look of Sonic from the video games.

The movie was originally meant to be released in November 2019, but it was delayed after the first trailer broke the Internet thanks to his human-looking teeth, eyes and legs.

Just a few days after the first trailer dropped, director Jeff Fowler took to Twitter to announce they would be doing a total character redesign.

(I feel bad for him considering just a few days earlier he was sharing how excited he was to share the first look of the movie with the world.)

Now, we’ve finally got our first sneak peek at the new redesigned version of the character, and it looks so much better.

The sneak peek comes from a photo of a movie standee at a cinema which is doing the rounds and making fans cautiously optimistic.

It’s a bit weird that the standee is just chilling out in the open before an official trailer has been released, so it’s unknown how official it is, but it does look pretty official?

Fans have shared their excitement for the redesign:

Terminator: Dark Fate director Tim Miller is executive producing Sonic The Hedgehog and recently told Variety he’s seen the new design and thinks “the fans will be pleased”.

He added that when the backlash began, he encouraged the team to admit their faults and go back to the drawing board with the character.

“Look, I was with fans and so was Jeff. When the shit hit the fan, I went over there and said, ‘The most important thing to do, man, is say I fucked up. He’d already sent a tweet out an hour before I got there. He’s a good man. It was exactly the right way to handle that. The fans have a voice in this too. There’s a right way to listen.”

It does make you wonder how the design got so far before they realised they made a mistake?

Sonic the Hedgehog is set for release in February, 2020.

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