Antonio Banderas, the Joker’s makeup and ‘I Want You Back’ at 50

October 03, 2019

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Antonio Banderas in “Pain and Glory,” Joaquin Phoenix in “Joker” and an album cover of the Jackson 5.

Antonio Banderas in “Pain and Glory,” Joaquin Phoenix in “Joker” and an album cover of the Jackson 5.

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El Deseo/Photo by Manolo Pavón/Courtesy Sony Pictures Classics, Niko Tavernise, Motown Records.

Kurt Anderson talks with Antonio Banderas about “Pain and Glory,” where he plays his longtime friend and collaborator — and the director of this same movie — Pedro Almodóvar. With the opening of “Joker,” starring Joaquin Phoenix, Kurt talks with Rick Baker, the celebrated makeup artist, about how Hollywood has clowned around with the character over the decades. This week marks 50 years since the release of the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back,” a remarkable pop song recorded when Michael Jackson was so young that, in the wake of the latest allegations of molestation against him, even some people who stopped listening to his solo work still enjoy.

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