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How Joaquin Phoenix Prepared to Play the Joker

Joaquin Phoenix told Brut about the physical and psychological tricks he used to embody the twisted horror of the "Joker" — and how he came up with THAT laugh. 🤡

He tells us the frightening methods used to rise to the occassion

After Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger and Jared Leto. Joaquin Phoenix is now playing the infamous Joker and here is how he prepared himself to embody this very special role.

“One of the first things that I did was I started to study medication and really the side effects, and I was curious about. It said he was on 7 different medications, and so, I started reading, going online and reading about it, and everybody there are all these message boards filled with people talking about these extreme changes in weight: either they put on weight or they lost weight. And it seemed like it was this common theme for so many people. And so that’s really what motivated the idea of him being thin. So that was the beginning and I had worked with this nutritionist before. It was just a very regimented diet. And that’s it. - It affected me psychologically, I mean like…Yeah, obviously. It’s really like… it’s 500 calories a day. So, losing the weight can be difficult. But surprisingly, it helped me find so much of the movement of the character, things that I hadn’t anticipated. But I think you become aware of your body in a different way. I studied these videos, there are people that have these uncontrollable fits of laughter. And I studied that. And then I really don't know. It's hard to explain it. As an actor, but it also just challenged my own feelings about this character. It challenged my empathy. And it’s really, it was a tough character, it was a tough movie, it didn’t provide any easy answers or solutions. There’s a great ambiguity to it, and I really liked that,” Joaquin Phoenix tells Brut.

The movie tells the origin story of Arthur Fleck, before he became Batman’s most famous enemy.

Brut.

10/04/2019 11:58 AM
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46 comments

  • Matt A.
    10/04/2019 12:42

    He's the Marlon Brando of this generation.

  • সওগাত ত.
    10/04/2019 13:03

    let’s watch it at Cineplex !

  • Abdeldjalil B.
    10/04/2019 13:16

    oscar worthy

  • Brut
    10/04/2019 13:53

    Joaquin Phoenix has been a vegan since he was 3 years old. The “Joker" actor spoke to Brut about why he's so committed to animal rights.

  • Amat N.
    10/04/2019 14:21

    Heath ledger IS thé best

  • Dee S.
    10/04/2019 14:42

    Wow... 500 calories.. That's rough

  • Emma
    10/04/2019 15:10

    Netflix ကလာမွာလား

  • Danger D.
    10/04/2019 15:28

    Heath leager best this guy sucks no one could brat heath ledger say this guy better then ledger must be on drugs

  • Mehmet B.
    10/04/2019 16:42

    bu film hakkında yorumda bulunmadın..☺️

  • Frankie B.
    10/04/2019 16:58

    Boooooooooring

  • Meher P.
    10/04/2019 17:23

    is Joaquin even real sometimes I wonder

  • Paul D.
    10/04/2019 17:48

    I'm sorry Cesar Romero isn't still with us. It's curious how much great, over-the-top acting has gone into The Joker: Nicholson, Ledger, Mark Hammil's voice, now Joaquin Phoenix, each more lethally deranged than the other -- but I think Romero summed it up best. He told an interviewer late in his life: "You know, I've been in maybe 100 movies. I was a leading man in Hollywood's Golden Age, the Latin lover, a heavy. I played a lot of gangsters. But you know what people ask, when they meet me in airports? " Please -- laugh like the Joker?!" Then he laughed -- like Cesar Romero: same thing. "What a talent!" he told the interviewer.

  • Nadia B.
    10/04/2019 20:11

    On va le voir quand????? :D

  • Nilmarie R.
    10/04/2019 22:34

    deleítate vevé! 😂😊

  • Ramiro V.
    10/05/2019 01:08

    Una actuación maravillosa, sin copiar, sin asemejar; simplemente hizo suyo el personaje.

  • Robert N.
    10/05/2019 03:19

    Jack Nicholson. Was

  • Gtm T.
    10/05/2019 04:29

    its worth it

  • Daniel E.
    10/05/2019 04:57

    Jared leto, el peor guason

  • Mansoor H.
    10/05/2019 11:04

    Farva Munir

  • Marija S.
    10/06/2019 11:37

    Jared!!! It would be nice to make movie joker and Harley. I dont like this one.