Some moviegoers are quite horrified by Todd Phillips’ new film Joker, and especially because of the disturbing performance of Joaquin Phoenix.
The film stars Gary Glitter rock and roll part 2 in a key scene, in which failed Phoenix comedian Arthur Fleck transforms into his psychotic alter ego.
The song plays for about two minutes as Phoenix descends a long staircase.
Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, was convicted in 1999 for uploading thousands of child pornography images and was deported from Cambodia in 2002 on suspicion of child sexual abuse. He was jailed in Vietnam in 2006 for assaulting two girls and, upon his return to the UK, was on the sex offender register for life.
Then in 2015, Gadd was convicted of attempted rape, several counts of indecent assault and another count of having sex with a girl under 13, and was sentenced to 16 years of jail. As a result of his criminal charges, several sports teams who extensively used the instantly recognizable 1972 song in competitions, removed “Rock and Roll Party” from their playlists.
Now moviegoers are concerned that the singer will receive royalties for the song’s inclusion in the film. However, a music industry expert says it probably won’t.
“Artists typically receive a one-time ‘sync fee’ when their songs are used on movie soundtracks,” Ray Bush, CEO of The Music Royalty Society. says Yahoo Movies UK
“It can range from £ 500 (around US $ 615) for small acts up to £ 250,000 to £ 500,000 ($ 307,000 to US $ 615,000), depending on the artist and the importance of the film’s storytelling. . There are many middlemen involved, including the record company, Glitter’s agent, and sometimes a “sync” agent, with artists sometimes receiving only a meager sum from the deal.
He added that Glitter’s current status wouldn’t have given him much leverage to get a big paycheck from the deal.
Glitter would receive residual royalties from the film’s success if the song were included in an album release to promote the film, but for now the only soundtrack available for the film is an album with the orchestral score of Hildur Guðnadottir. The song is likely to get a listening boost from its inclusion in Unofficial fan curated soundtrack playlists, but streaming services will likely only pay a nominal fee.
Many who saw the film over the weekend expressed astonishment that the track was cleared for use by producers given the rocker’s belief.
The Bungle is the latest in a series of controversies surrounding the film.
Joker has become the center of the movie violence debate in recent weeks after a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., which was the scene of a mass shooting in 2012, said it would not air the film .
The parents of the shooting victims also signed a letter to Warner Bros calling for more “social responsibility.“ in the violence he portrays on screen.
Nonetheless, the film broke October records when it released this weekend.
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