The record box office success of ‘Joker’ could make a fortune for imprisoned pedophile Gary Glitter, according to reports.
A pivotal scene from Joaquin Phoenix’s film features two minutes of Glitter’s 1972 glam rock track “Rock and Roll Part 2.” That means the 75-year-old singer, a pedophile sentenced to 16 years for attacking three girls, could rake in hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to The Sun.
Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, helped write the track and will receive a lump sum to allow the recording to be used in the film, the newspaper said.
He would also receive royalties based on the quality of the film. ‘Joker’ has already grossed $93.5 million – the biggest debut for an October movie in US history – and raked in $234 million internationally on opening weekend , according to Variety.
The disgraced former rocker will also receive royalties from future DVD and soundtrack sales, The Sun said.
The use of the song – which appears in a scene where Phoenix’s Joker dances down a long flight of stairs as he fully transforms into a villain – sparked outrage from fans.
“They are literally paying a pedophile to use his music in a film about the consequences of child abuse. I’m off the fence – this movie is immoral bull – t”, @ManVsPink rages on Twitter.
“The most morally questionable aspect of the movie is the use of a Gary Glitter song, and the movie is well aware of that,” Darren Mooney wrotelater calling it “morally irresponsible”.
“The decision to pay royalties to a pedophile is indefensible.
Glitter is locked up after being convicted in 2015 in the UK of attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault and sex with a girl under 13.
“It is difficult to overstate the depravity of this appalling behavior,” Judge Alistair McCreath said during his sentencing.
He was also imprisoned in 1999 for possession of child pornography, the first of several convictions.