Alec Baldwin says he has dropped out of Joker, the standalone movie featuring the DC villain – starring Joaquin Phoenix. He had been set to play Batman’s father Thomas Wayne. In an interview just days after Warner Brothers made the casting announcement, the actor stated, “I’m no longer doing that movie”.
In comic book lore, Thomas Wayne is a physician, philanthropist and father to Bruce Wayne. Reports suggest that in a departure from the comics, the Joker script called for Thomas Wayne to be a cheesy and tanned businessman who is more in the mould of a 1980’s Donald Trump.
Baldwin cited “scheduling issues” as his reason for dropping out. But he also addressed the new take on the Thomas Wayne character via Twitter.
Let me state, for the record, that I have NOT been hired to play a role in Todd Phillips’ JOKER as some Donald Trump manque.
That is not happening.
— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) August 29, 2018
Baldwin, who recently earned a second Emmy nomination for playing Trump on Saturday Night Live went on to say, “I’m sure there are 25 guys who can play that part”.