A Rene Requiestas lookalike appears in this parody trailer for "Joker" / PaperBugTV
A Rene Requiestas lookalike appears in this parody trailer for "Joker" / PaperBugTV

“Alyas Joker”: A hilarious parody with Rene Requiestas’ Joker

The deepfaking technology used here is so good it's scary.

Film(s) featured:
"Joker"
Direction:
Todd Haynes
Cast:
Joaquin Phoenix, Zazie Beetz, Rene Requiestas (?, lol just kidding)
Release Date (PH):
October 3, 2019

Update: A version of this article presumed that PaperBugTV deepfaked Rene Requiestas himself. After much digging, we learned that though there is some serious deepfaking involved, the creators used a lookalike and not the late actor.

Remember when Jordan Peele deepfaked Obama? Well, the folks at PaperbugTV just pulled an amusing and slightly alarming trick when they uploaded a video earlier this week, titled “Alyas Joker”.

Rene Requiestas—renowned comedic actor known for movies like Starzan, Pido and Dida, and interestingly Alyas Batman en Robin, where he took the Joker mantel as well, complete with song-and-dance*—is cast (or at least a lookalike) in a fake trailer spoofing Todd Phillips’ forthcoming Joker movie, in place of Joaquin Phoenix.

*the parody trailer even references this, as seen in this still:

The trailer references Requiestas' old film, "Alyas Batman en Robin", where the actor played Joker himself / PaperBugTV
The trailer references Requiestas’ old film, “Alyas Batman en Robin”, where the actor played Joker himself / PaperBugTV

The trailer fits everything perfectly well, with most of Phoenix’s scenes swapped with those of a posthumous Requiestas. Requiestas died of tuberculosis in 1993, but some of his iconic gags live on.

It’s all funny stuff until you realize the terrifying future that lies ahead with deepfaking technologies as advanced like this. Though it’s not all deepfaked scenes (much of the trailer reshoots the entire thing with the lookalike actor, the ones that are are just unnerving to watch.

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Joker, the actual movie that’s coming out, is directed by Todd Phillips and written by Scott Silver. It comes out in the Philippines this October 3.

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