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‘Gotham’ nabs Pee-wee Herman actor Paul Reubens to play Penguin’s dad

He played the same role in ‘Batman Returns’. It’s perfect casting.

 

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

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Gotham has cast the perfect actor to play the Penguin’s father: Paul Reubens, best known for playing the character Pee-wee Herman.

Reubens also had a cameo as Oswald Cobblepot’s father in Batman Returns in 1992, a classic Tim Burton film that saw a wealthy couple abandon their baby in the river because he was born with hands that resembled flippers. Hence, the Penguin.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dkoi4z_dQso

Gangster Oswald Cobblepot, played by Robin Lord Taylor, is one of Gotham‘s many, many villains. Conveniently, he also bears a certain resemblance to Paul Reubens. 

This makes Reubens an ideal casting choice on several levels. He allows Gotham to make a cool little reference back to the ’90s Batman franchise, and he’s also famous for playing another creepy, bow-tie-wearing character—much like the Penguin himself. 

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