Joaquin Phoenix’s new film Joker has been criticised by survivors and families of the victims of the 2012 mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado.
In a letter to Warner Bros, the studio responsible for the film, the group asked for donations to groups that help mass-shooting victims.
“We are calling on you,” they wrote, “to be a part of the growing chorus of corporate leaders who understand that they have a social responsibility to keep us all safe.”
Phoenix walked out of an interview this week with The Telegraph’s Robbie Collin, after the latter asked him about connections between the Joker character, a villainous protagonist prone to violence, and real-life mass shootings in America.
The actor returned to the room after an hour, saying that he had left because he had never thought of the connection and was lost for a response.