Director Todd Phillips on Making ‘Joker': Art Is ‘Meant to Be Complicated’


”What’s astounding to me in this discourse in this movie is how easily the far left can sound like the far right when it suits their agenda,“ filmmaker says

This is not a junket interview. Yes, “Joker” director Todd Philips had ground through 46 interviews the day before. He slept fitfully at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills to be on time for a second day of round-robin interviews in the international media machine that is the required job description for big studio releases like one based on a classic DC Comics character.

But this conversation is a long, quiet, rambling reflection in a hard-to-find hotel nook on why the creator of the billion-dollar global “Hangover” franchise and other broad comedies like “Old School” decided to co-write and direct a supervillain movie in the style of an art-house ’70s flick.

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Sharon Waxman

Sharon Waxman, is the founder, CEO and Editor in Chief of TheWrap. She is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author, and was a Hollywood correspondent for The New York Times. Twitter: @sharonwaxman