Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Still My Favorite Joker

Still watching Batman reruns and caught a couple of Joker episodes last night. God damn it, Cesar Romero was great in that role. Just perfect.

6 comments:

Nik said...

Yeah, I like Ledger and Nicholson in different ways, but Romero IS the comic character. Only thing that bugs me is that damn mustache; one you've noticed it, it's like you never stop seeing it.

SamuraiFrog said...

At some point, it just became part of the charming craziness of the characterization for me, and I just sort of stopped noticing it.

Tallulah Morehead said...

I found Cesar's performances in the role very enjoyable, but not the least bit scary, nor could I believe that he could plan and carry out a real crime. Joker should be scary. But after Vincent Price as Egghead, he was my favorite villain on that show.

I was amused when the Tim Burton movie came out, that Romero complained, on camera in interviews yet, that they hadn't offered the role to him. He wasn't joking. All I could think was: "Gee, Cesar, why would they offer the role to a big movie star, instead of a very old man, whose interpretation of the role was vastly far away from what they were going for? Did you see the movie, Cesar?"

I was present in the live audience for Cesar's last-ever acting performance, on the 1993 TV special "Edna Time" with Dame Edna. So I met him backstage on what turned out to be one's very last chance. He never worked again, and died a few months later.

In his later years, he started being frank in interviews about his homosexuality. I believe Lucille Ball was dead before he admitted (bragged) publicly about having gone down on Desi Arnaz.

SamuraiFrog said...

Though to be fair, Adam West did the same thing about Tim Burton's movie. He was so offended by the whole thing.

Tallulah Morehead said...

I can hear Adam West in my head: "How DARE they not make BATMAN into a travesty of nonsense?"

GarrettCRW said...

Of the two, Romero came off as the least laughable, largely because Adam West had, maybe three years before the hype train for the Burton, become the first Batman actor to agonize over the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne on the Super Friends episode, "The Fear". I understand that West's turns as Batman in cartoons were largely "for the paycheck" affairs, but this little nugget made him look really bad.