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Man With A Laughing Condition Like Joker Accuses Joaquin Phoenix Of Stealing His Persona

Man With A Laughing Condition Like Joker Accuses Joaquin Phoenix Of Stealing His Persona
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Scott Lotan, from Virginia Beach in the United States, has a rare laughing pathological disorder similar to Joker.

The 2019 movie Joker earned Joaquin Phoenix an Oscar and tons of praise. And while Lotan was impressed with Joaquin's performance, he was not happy that the actor, and the movie's director, Todd Philips, "stole" his persona and gave nothing in return.

For Scott, 50, the pseudobulbar affect (PBA) is a symptom of MS. The laughter is painful and lasts up to ten minutes.

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Man With A Laughing Condition Like Joker Accuses Joaquin Phoenix Of Stealing His Persona

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The "laughter" can be triggered at the worst possible times. For Scott, that happened after a crush which caused the man to lose his fiancée and his mom:

"We were leaving my engagement party and were hit by a drunk driver. My fiancée died at the scene with my mother's death three days later."

"I remember being at the scene laughing and being questioned by police."

"At the wakes for both my mother and my fiancée, I would have to separate myself from everyone as I would burst into laughter at times."

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The man asked the actor:

"OK, Joaquin, you don't eat meat, you want to protect all the animals - what about the people?"

Speking to LADbible, Scott added:

"I mean, you stole my persona. You took my identity, and you put it on the screen and made millions, and you can't help a community? You can't donate to MS or Parkinson's or any of these other things? I don't get it."

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"I've seen the interviews with Todd Phillips, I've seen the interviews with Joaquin, and they make reference to the videos, and that laughter, and how it helped develop the actual character."

Scott, a father of two whose house burnt down in July, added that it was wrong that the community did not see a dime of the movie's success.

He explained that when you look at his online videos and compare them to the movie, as well as his life story, "you guys did a write-up with. It kind of helped form the character, the Joker itself."

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Scott ended by saying that he wants Phillips and Joaquin to do something."

"So, like no recognition from Todd Phillips, no recognition from Joaquin, or any of it. It's like, not that I care to have you guys come pay me, but do something for the community."

Phoenix will be reprising his role as the Joker alongside Lady Gaga in Joker: Folie à Deux, set to be released on 4 October 2024.

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Joker has always attracted talented actors, as Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger portrayed the villain. But, Phoenix chose not to see the character through their interpretations:

"I thought it was important for it to be its own thing, to be its own interpretation."

The actor concluded:

"What's interesting about this character is that everybody can interpret it however they want. Even with this film, I think the audience gets to interpret the character and what drives him in a way that I think is unique for a lot of films, I mean, it really asks the audience to participate, and I think that's interesting."

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