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“I don’t recall that. If he did, he never told me himself,” Penn replied when asked about the rumors that Christopher Nolan wanted him as The Joker. “Between the indelible one that Jack [Nicholson] did, and then when Heath Ledger came along and made it a new kind of rock and roll. Listen, yes, over the years I’ve been offered a couple of things that became extremely successful genre pictures, and in most cases when I looked at them I think that with me in it, they would not have been extremely successful genre pictures.”

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