‘Cruella’ Actress Emma Stone Downplays ‘Joker’ Comparisons To The Disney Remake

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After the release of the first teaser of the Disney remake ‘Cruella,’ the movie’s tone, visuals, and even music were immediately compared to similar properties. Specifically, the DC Comics adaptions ‘Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey’ and ‘Joker,’ starring Joaquin Phoenix over the seeming descent into villainy of its main character after facing trouble in their life.

“It’s hard to call someone a bad ’un completely when you see them from the very beginning,” ‘Cruella’ star Emma Stone told Total Film in an interview.

“It’s very different from Joker in many ways,” she insisted.

While acknowledging that there are similar “thematic lines” in the origin stories of ‘101 Dalmatians’ antagonist Cruella De Vil and the Joker, she insisted that her portrayal is totally different.

“I would never even remotely compare myself to Joaquin Phoenix,” Stone said. “I wish I was more like him.”

‘Cruella’ director Craig Gillespie chimed in, calling ‘Joker’ “a cultural point of reference” for the audience, but stressed that the two films are not similar.

“There are some really deep, emotional things that Cruella’s dealing with that send her to the villainous darker side. So in that sense, it is [similar],” Gillespie said. “But it’s definitely its own thing. Just to sort of reframe Cruella, I thought it was important to show this darker side of her. But there’s going to be a lot of fun, a lot of humor in it. There’s a lot of absolutely delightful banter and rhythm to the style of it, which is different from Joker.”

‘Cruella’ is slated for release in May 2021. Check out the trailer below:

Emma Stone is the third actress to portray the Disney villain in a live-action setting. Glenn Close played Cruella in the 1996 film ‘101 Dalmations’ and its 2000 sequel ‘102 Dalmations.’ The ABC series ‘Once Upon A Time’ featured Victoria Smurfit as the villainous fashionista, giving her the ability to control animals.

DeVil’s first appearance in a Disney setting was the 1961 animated feature ‘One Hundred and One Dalmatians’ where she was voiced by Betty Lou Gerson.

 


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