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Tommy Wiseau Wants To Play The Joker

You're tearing me apart, Harley!

After it was reported that Academy Award-nominated actor Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to play the Joker in director Todd Phillips and producer Martin Scorsese's standalone film, Tommy Wiseau — the eccentric and unforgettable writer, director, and star of the cult classic pic The Room — expressed interest in playing the Clown Prince of Crime himself. 

Wiseau made the declaration on social media, retweeting a post from Variety that announced Phoenix's potential to portray the Joker. He urged director Phillips to contact him, writing, "Todd. DM me." Wiseau then doubled down on his efforts to secure the coveted role by heading to Instagram, sharing an identical post to his audience of over 103,000, and tagging Phillips in the caption. 

Anyone who is at all familiar with Wiseau's performance in The Room (let's be honest, who isn't?) can attest to the statement that he would be pitch-perfect in bringing out the Joker's maniacal, over-the-top side. When it comes to the character's iconic laugh and nuanced mannerisms, however, Wiseau may not hit the mark entirely, but there's no denying it would be interesting to see him done up in ultra-white makeup and tangled green hair. 

Phillips' film, which he co-wrote with The Fighter and The Finest Hours scribe Scott Silver, is said to chronicle the Joker's early days as he rises to power as a criminal roaming and ruling the streets in the 1980s. The project has been described as "gritty" quite often, and is expected to be different than the average comic book movie. 

With Phoenix reportedly having already agreed to starring in the upcoming solo film, it doesn't seem Wiseau's wish will come true. But who knows? Maybe there's a cameo part with the wacky filmmaker's name on it.