The actor Joaquin Phoenix, who won an Oscar for his portrayal of the Joker in the 2019 film of the same name, has been accused of imitating the comedian Chris Tucker in his performance. The accusation was made by a film critic, who claimed that Phoenix copied Tucker’s mannerisms, voice, and jokes from his roles in Rush Hour and Friday.
The critic, who published his article on the website Film Frenzy, said that Phoenix’s Joker was not original or authentic, but a cheap and disrespectful imitation of Tucker’s style. He said that Phoenix’s Joker was not a complex and tragic character, but a silly and annoying clown. He said that Phoenix’s Joker was not funny or scary, but boring and irritating.
The critic provided several examples of Phoenix’s imitation of Tucker, such as his laugh, his dance, and his dialogue. He said that Phoenix’s laugh was a rip-off of Tucker’s signature high-pitched giggle, his dance was a copy of Tucker’s funky moves, and his dialogue was a plagiarism of Tucker’s witty lines.
The critic’s article has sparked a controversy and a debate among the fans and the critics of the Joker film. Some people agree with the critic and say that Phoenix’s Joker was a mockery and an insult to Tucker’s legacy. Others disagree with the critic and say that Phoenix’s Joker was a homage and a tribute to Tucker’s influence.