Barry Keoghan revealed what went into creating his viral self-tape audition for the role of the Riddler in Matt Reeves’ The hitter.
Although he eventually landed the role of the Joker in the 2022 film, Salt burn The actor said he initially heard there was an opening in the film for the supervillain and decided to take a chance and send in a tape.
For the audition, he spent $10 on a cane and a hat at a costume store and storyboarded the entire scene, in which he eerily walked through a door and down a hallway in slow motion without speaking while the music played. played.
“I just made it up. I wanted to make it Kubrick-y: symmetrical, the X at the back, the square door frame, everything square,” Keoghan said in a recent interview with Esquire magazine. “I just wanted swag to come across. Swag and endearing. I just gave my idea. And then I think: I’ll send this!”
Paul Dano went on to play the Riddler, but Keoghan heard back a few months later that he was offered the role of the Joker in the Robert Pattinson-led film. Although he was only seen briefly at the end of the film, Reeves later released a deleted scene in which Pattinson’s Caped Crusader meets Keoghan’s Joker at Arkham Asylum.
The Banshees of Inisherin actor previously recalled the moment his agent called him to tell him they had seen his tape and he got a role in the film. He told GQ last year that his agent told him: “The hitter wants you to play the Joker, but you can’t tell anyone.
As for how he embodied the character, Keoghan told the outlet that his Joker was created from his own experiences, being both “a little bit charming and a little bit hurt.”
A sequel, The Batman Part IIis currently in the works and is expected to be released in 2025. But it has yet to be confirmed whether Keoghan will reprise his role as Joker.