Willem Dafoe might not be as keen on taking on the role of The Joker as you think.
The actor addressed speculation linking him to the role during an interview news week to promote his latest film Inside.
Dafoe has recently spoken publicly about the possibility of taking on the role; first during his Saturday night live Monologue in January 2022 and again in March 2023 during a performance The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. It seemed like Dafoe was initially keen on the idea, even repeating a pitch for how he might play the character. However, as he explains, it seems unlikely.
Since it’s become a topic of conversation lately, we asked if he wants it to exist or is “baiting” Warner Bros. into welcoming him to the DC Universe.
“No,” he replied news week. “People keep bringing it up, and I’m a polite guy, so I answer.”
Dafoe is incredibly busy with his latest release anyway Inside, and a number of other projects to come. “I do other things. If something like that [Joker] happens? Fine, but I don’t fish, to be honest.”
When Dafoe hosted SNLhe joked about being mentioned as a good actor for the role, which was also played by Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger and Joaquin Phoenix.
“People come up to me and say, ‘You know what role you would be perfect for? The Joker.’ It’s always nice to hear you’re in the mood for a sociopath,” he joked during his monologue.
Jimmy Fallon recently asked Dafoe where he got the idea of playing an impostor Joker in an upcoming movie. However, as Dafoe is now implying, he was only “polite” in his answers.
In Dafoe’s latest film Inside, he plays an art thief whose heist goes awry. As a result, he is locked in an extravagant apartment and must try to escape before he is caught.
It’s one of many roles Dafoe has in mind, and the 67-year-old has no intention of slowing down.
“I like to work. I love making films and when I find a good opportunity, I jump at it,” said Dafoe news week. “For me personally, it’s a golden time and I’ve really enjoyed working with a wide variety of things.”
According to his IMDb page, he has 11 upcoming projects, but Dafoe admits that’s a number that should come with a caveat.
“Now remember when you say 11, some of them are cameos, like my role in Wes Anderson’s [Asteroid City] is quite small, some are quite sprawling. Because of COVID and because people were nervous about people getting back to theaters, a lot of these are theatrical releases that they’ve been kind of waiting for, so they’ve piled up.
“I’ve been busy, but it’s not like I’ve been a madman. I had a little free time here and there. But I enjoy working and, thank God, I’ve found good projects lately,” Dafoe said.