Moviegoers horrified at Gary Glitter inclusion on 'Joker' soundtrack

Joaquin Phoenix in Joker (Credit: Warner Bros)

British cinema-goers are pretty horrified at Todd Phillips' new movie Joker, and not least because of Joaquin Phoenix's unsettling performance.

After opening in the UK over the weekend, it's emerged that the movie features Gary Glitter's Rock and Roll Part 2 in a key scene, during which Phoenix's failed comedian Arthur Fleck makes his transformation into his psychotic alter-ego.

The song plays for around two minutes as Phoenix walks down a long flight of stairs.

Joaquin Phoenix in Joker (Credit: Warner Bros)Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, was convicted in 1999 for downloading thousands of images of child pornography, and was deported from Cambodia in 2002 on suspicion of child sexual abuse. He was jailed in Vietnam in 2006 for molesting two girls, and on his return to the UK was placed on the sex offenders' register for life.

Then in 2015, Gadd was found guilty of attempted rape, several counts of indecent assault, and another count of having sex with a girl under the age of 13, and was sentenced to 16 years in prison.

Gary Glitter  headshot, former British rock singer, photoNow movie-goers are concerned that the singer will receive royalties for the song's inclusion in the movie, with many who saw the movie over the weekend expressing their amazement that the track was cleared for use by producers given Gadd's conviction.

The Sun claims that Gadd will receive a 'lump sum' for the use of the song, as well as a potential 'fortune' from royalties from DVD and soundtrack sales.

The bungle is the latest in a string of controversies surrounding the movie.

It's become the focus of the debate over movie violence in recent weeks after the cinema in Aurora, Colorado, that was the scene of the mass shooting in 2012, said it would not be showing the film.

Parents of the victims of the shooting also signed a letter to the Warner Bros studio calling for more 'social responsibility' in the violence it portrays on screen.

Nonetheless, the movie broke October records on its release over the weekend, making nearly £200 million worldwide.

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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