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David Fincher Calls 'Joker' Movie a 'Betrayal of the Mentally Ill'

Acclaimed director David Fincher is sharing his thoughts on the movie Joker and why he considers it to be a “betrayal of the mentally ill.”

Fincher talked about Joker‘s success in contrast to his movie Fight Club, which was much more difficult to get made back in the late 1990s.

“Nobody would have thought they had a shot at a giant hit with Joker had The Dark Knight not been as massive as it was,” Fincher told The Telegraph.

“I don’t think ­anyone would have looked at that material and thought, Yeah, let’s take [Taxi Driver’s] Travis Bickle and [The King of Comedy’s] Rupert Pupkin and conflate them, then trap him in a betrayal of the mentally ill, and trot it out for a billion dollars,” Fincher added.

The two characters that Fincher referenced were both played by Robert De Niro, who happens to appear in Joker.

Fincher said that after early screenings of Fight Club, “the general view afterwards among the studio types was, ‘Our careers are over.’ The fact we got that film made in 1999 is still, to my mind, a miracle.”

The upcoming Fincher movie Mank is getting tons of Oscar buzz and the trailer was released last month.

Joaquin Phoenix & Rooney Mara Talk About Their Baby Son for First Time In Op-Ed

Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara are opening up about their baby son for the first time in a new essay.

The longtime couple wrote an op-ed for People magazine, focusing on the migrant children whose parents are unable to be located.

“Like many, we were pained to realize that despite falling out of the headlines, the policy of family separation continues to damage children and parents across the world, more than two years after it was ruled illegal by a federal judge,” they wrote.

“As new parents, it’s unbearable to imagine what it would feel like to have our child taken away from us for a day, let alone years. But that’s the very situation those 545 children and their parents have been living through,” Rooney and Joaquin continued. “As Americans, it’s our responsibility to continue paying attention to the plight of these families and get answers for why they still have not been located.”

They continued, “We have to ask ourselves: Is this the country that we want? Are these our values? How will it feel to explain to our son, when he asks us about this time and how we treated scared, defenseless children, some of whom may never see their parents again?”

“For the sake of our nation’s character, I hope we will be able to tell him that America unequivocally rejected this cruelty and demanded that our representatives did everything in their power to find those missing parents.”

It was revealed that Rooney and Joaquin had welcomed their son, named River, in September.

Find out the inspiration about behind the newborn’s name here…

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Joaquin Phoenix To Star as Napoleon Bonaparte in Biopic Movie 'Kitbag'

Joaquin Phoenix has lined up his first movie role after welcoming a baby with fiance Rooney Mara.

Variety reports that the Oscar winner will play French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte in Kitbag.

The film, from Ridley Scott, will center on the infamous General’s origins and his volatile relationship with his wife Josephine.

Napoleon was a big leader in the French Revolutionary Wars and was France’s emperor from 1804 until 1814, leading the country in a series of battles before he was defeated at Waterloo.

He was exiled to the island of Elba and then to Saint Helena, where he died in 1821.

Kitbag comes from the saying “There is a general’s staff hidden in every soldier’s kitbag.”

This is Joaquin‘s first project confirmed since welcoming his first baby with Rooney. If you haven’t seen it, find out the little one’s name and the familial connection here…

Joaquin Phoenix Named His Newborn Son After His Late Brother River Phoenix

Grab your tissues, because this news about Joaquin Phoenix‘s newborn son is going to make you emotional!

The 45-year-old Oscar-winning actor just welcomed his first child into the world with longtime love Rooney Mara and they named their son after someone very special.

Joaquin and Rooney‘s newborn child is reportedly named River, after his late brother River Phoenix, who passed away in 1993 from a drug overdose.

Director Victor Kossakovsky revealed the happy baby news at the 2020 Zurich Film Festival over the weekend during a Q&A session with the audience following a screening of Gunda. Joaquin is an executive producer on the film.

“He just got a baby, by the way, his name was … a beautiful son called River, so he cannot promote it now,” Victor said while explaining Joaquin‘s absence from the screening.

Congrats to the happy couple!

Click through the gallery for photos of Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara together through the years…

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Rooney Mara & Joaquin Phoenix Welcome First Child Together

Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara are first time parents!

According to director Victor Kossakovsky, the couple welcomed a son just last month and have named him River.

Victor revealed the happy baby news during the 2020 Zurich Film Festival over the weekend during a Q&A session with the audience following a screening of Gunda. Joaquin is an executive producer on the film.

Joaquin and Rooney seem to have chosen the name River in honor of his elder brother, who passed away in 1993 from a drug overdose.

The couple met and started dating after working together on the 2013 film, Her.

Rooney and Joaquin went on to star in three other movies together in 2018: Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot, Dominion and Mary Magdalene.

Rooney first sparked pregnancy rumors in May of this year, and has been spotted out several times after that, hiding her growing baby bump with the use of oversized clothing.

See Victor‘s announcement below:

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Joaquin Phoenix Gets in a Morning Workout in West Hollywood

Joaquin Phoenix is staying fit!

The 45-year-old Joker actor was spotted getting in a morning workout early on Sunday (August 23) in West Hollywood, Calif.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin was seen wearing a face mask amid the pandemic, as well as mismatched socks and sneakers.

Rumors recently swirled that Joaquin‘s girlfriend, Rooney Mara, was pregnant and that the couple were expecting their first child together, but nothing has been confirmed. The report claimed she “may be as far as six months along in her pregnancy.” Here’s the latest…

Joaquin won plenty of acclaim for his performance in Joker as the titular villain – but he was originally approached to play a very different superhero role. Find out what happened!

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Joaquin Phoenix Heads Out for an Errand Run in LA

Joaquin Phoenix is taking care of business.

The 45-year-old Joker actor was seen out and about running errands on Sunday (August 16) in Los Angeles.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin kept it comfy in a black tee with matching shorts and Converse sneakers while out grabbing an envelope, wearing a mask amid the pandemic.

Rumors recently swirled that Joaquin‘s girlfriend, Rooney Mara, was pregnant and that the couple were expecting their first child together, but nothing has been confirmed. The report claimed she “may be as far as six months along in her pregnancy.” Here’s the latest…

Joaquin won plenty of acclaim for his performance in Joker as the titular villain – but he was originally approached to play a very different superhero role. Find out what happened!

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