May 22, 2004 (Hollywood, CA) -
Director Christopher Nolan, director of the upcoming "Batman: Beginnings" film, said that renowned guitarist Jimi Hendrix, apparently not dead, will be playing the role of the Joker, Batman's arch-nemesis from the comic books and Tim Burton's original 1989 blockbuster.
When we asked the director why he wanted Hendrix for the role, he responded, "Well... I'm a big fan of his. When it came time for casting, we had a bunch of A-list actors who weren't really right for the role. As I'm sitting there with the casting director trying to figure out who could pull this off, 'Purple Haze' comes on the radio. Then I think to myself, 'Hey... the Joker wears purple and always unleashes that toxic gas, or haze, on Gotham City. Jimi would be perfect for this!' So, we called his agent, set up a meeting and he agreed."
We contacted the guitarist and asked him what type of preparations he's doing for the role.
"Well, I dunno, man. I mean, you know, people are always gonna be people no matter what kind of stuff they wear, ya know? So, like, maybe if I put on white make-up and dye my hair green, maybe people will realize that it really doesn't matter what you look like on the outside as long as you're that same person on the inside, ya dig? Some people tell me I'm a funny guy, so I'm guessing that's not going to hurt the role too much either. But it doesn't really matter, you know? Because sometimes, even the bad guys are allowed to be funny, even if they're really bad."
We asked Jimi if he'd contribute any songs to the soundtrack.
"Well, you know, I got this thing lined up with Mitch Mitchell and Billy Cox that deals with the character I'm playing by telling about what made him be this crazy guy, dig? When you live in a conformist society without any real love, it's enough to drive you crazy like that."
The title of the song will be "Hey Joker."
The film is due out this summer.