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“I’m no longer doing that movie,” Baldwin told USA Today.
In comic book lore, Thomas Wayne is a physician, philanthropist and father to Bruce Wayne (the future Batman). Sources on Monday told The Hollywood Reporter 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 mold of a 1980s Donald Trump.
Baldwin is citing “scheduling issues” as his reason for dropping out. But he also addressed the new take on Wayne.
The actor, who recently earned a second Emmy nomination for playing Trump on Saturday Night Live, tweeted Wednesday that he had not “been hired to play a role in Todd Phillips’ JOKER as some Donald Trump manque. That is not happening.”
Warner Bros. has slated Joker to open Oct. 4, 2019.
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