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I feel conflicted because so many of my fellow actors that are deserving don't have that same privilege. I think that we send a very clear message to people of color that you're not welcome here, i think that's the message that we're sending to people that have contributed so much to our medium and our industry and in ways that we benefit from.
The attraction to make this film and this character was that we were going to approach it in our own way so for me I didn't refer to any past creations of the character, i did identify Arthur as a particular personality but then I also wanted the freedom to create something that wasn't identifiable. This is a fictional character and I didn't want a psychiatrist to be able to identify the kind of person he was.
Three or four years ago, I called my agent and said ‘ Why do n’t they want to take one of these characters and just make a lower budget film about it, a movie but a character study, and why not take one of the villains ? ’ i thought, ‘ You ca n’t do Joaquin Phoenix, because, you know, Joaquin Phoenix’s just you ca n’t do that character, Joaquin Phoenix’s just been done.
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