Glitter’s 1972 musical anthem “Rock and Roll Part 2” is performed during one of the most defining moments of “Joker”.
“Joker” was hit with yet another round of backlash after its record-breaking $ 96 million box office debut in October. As reported by CNBC, the film’s use of Gary Glitter’s 1972 anthem “Rock and Roll Part 2” is controversial because Glitter is a convicted pedophile. Glitter began a 16-year prison sentence in 2015 for attempted rape, indecent assault, and sex with a girl under 13. Glitter’s crimes were committed in the 1970s and 1980s. The rock singer was previously jailed in 1999 for possessing images of child abuse.
CNBC reporter Sam Meredith reports: “Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, is expected to receive a lump sum for authorizing use of the recording in“ Joker. ”He is also believed to receive music royalties based on the success of movie ticket sales, DVD sales, and soundtrack sales.
Glitter’s song “Rock and Roll Part 2″ features prominently in one of the film’s most memorable sequences. Joaquin Phoenix’s character Arthur Fleck has donned his Joker costume and makeup completely and is heading for an interview on Murray Franklin (Robert De Niro) ‘s talk show. Joker dances vigorously on the long steps near his Gotham City apartment as “Rock and Roll Part 2” erupts on the soundtrack. The image of Phoenix dancing on the steps was used extensively in Warner Bros. ‘ marketing campaign (including an official poster), but “Rock and Roll Part 2” was not heard until the film’s theatrical release.
With its debut at $ 96 million, “Joker” notched the record for the biggest start to October in box office history. The film crossed the $ 248 million mark worldwide after its debut weekend in theaters around the world, making the film a big hit for Warner Bros. The film’s production budget is estimated at $ 65 million.
Glitter’s “Rock and Roll Part 2” was included on her album “Glitter”. The song is most often associated with sporting events. The song was the only Glitter to make the top 10 on the charts in the United States.
IndieWire contacted Warner Bros. for more comments. “Joker” is now playing in theaters nationwide.