2018 might really be the year of Tommy Wiseau. After the release of “The Disaster Artist,” the filmmaker of dubious origin has graciously re-entered the entertainment spotlight to better our lives. Recently, Wiseau teamed up with Nerdist to audition for the role of The Joker (Heath Ledger edition) and the results are almost indescribable. It’s hard to figure out what to focus on first: his over-the-top delivery, his unsettling scream-laugh, or the moments where he breaks character and just smiles shyly at the screen.
Shortly after, Wiseau got his chance to wreak havoc on actual Gotham when YouTube channel Bup edited the actor’s portrayal into Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” itself. The video already has over 44,000 well-deserved views on YouTube.
The horror on every character’s face blends well with the grainy edit, adding a sort of nightmarish surrealism to a video that’s already hard to watch in the best way possible. Between his motivational speech to Christian Bale’s Batman and his declaration of “I am a Joker and the joke is on you,” there’s a small glimmer of hope that maybe he should be cast in some new iteration of the role.
Of course, this hope is part of the reason the video even exists. Wiseau’s initial audition came as a result of a Tweet directed at director Todd Phillips, who is set to co-write and direct a standalone Joker film.
Joaquin Phoenix is currently in talks to play the Clown Prince of Crime, but given how natural Wiseau looks in that clown makeup, he might have a strong competitor. Watch the video below: