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.


10/04/2019 11:58 AM


  • Angel D.
    10/04/2020 17:01


  • Jim P.
    05/24/2020 04:37

    I thought this movie was a bit average. Pretty much same as Taxi Driver.

  • Vanessa B.
    03/14/2020 03:38

    I have never heard anyone else BESIDES MYSELF use the phrase, “it challenged/challenges my Empathy”... This is why I adore Joaquin.

  • Mimi G.
    03/05/2020 07:11

    I like the rioting and when the clowns pulled him out of the cop car but I wish that they showed him escape the hospital at the end of the movie . Also his laugh was perfect

  • Diana V.
    02/23/2020 13:36

    Joaquin Phoenix did an amazing job in this movie. Mental Health is a terrible sickness and it has to be addressed. These people are suffering both inside and out.

  • Caleb M.
    02/01/2020 05:41

    Too bad he won't be playing him again.

  • Lê A.
    11/27/2019 00:19

    Joaquin é um ator completo.

  • Lê A.
    11/27/2019 00:18

    Um ser iluminado.

  • Ismene Voka
    11/09/2019 07:07

    We love you Joaquin ❤️❤️❤️❤️😘😘😘

  • Ismene Voka
    11/09/2019 07:04

    Very nice joker ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Ismene Voka
    11/09/2019 07:03

    Nice Joaquin

  • May T.
    11/08/2019 00:11

    One of the most gifted and talented actors... Great choice of movies too

  • Anusha N.
    11/03/2019 10:17

    He is unique. Amazing. Love his acting and him. He deserves to Oscar he deserves ❤️

  • Vincent T.
    11/02/2019 00:09

  • Belisario C.
    10/31/2019 22:11

    Pero este weon habla de un payaso de círco al jocker y todo sabemos que el jocker es un asesino en serie que vino de los mundos bajo de ciudad gótica 😠😠

  • Efrain P.
    10/31/2019 18:57

    Una tonta película fue una perdida de tiempo envano hicieron tanta propaganda

  • Manuel J.
    10/31/2019 18:18

    Para los que opinan, que JOKER es una película violenta sin sentido.. 😒 creo que deben volver a verla y tratar de entender el punto DEL MENSAJE REAL, "ES LA SOCIEDAD QUIEN VA FORMANDO A UN PSICÓPATA" Les recomiendo que no sólo la vean, sino que tengan la madurez mental para entender el mensaje y la reflexión que nos deja👍🏻 * maltratado y abusado por su propia madre quien se supone debió protegerlo *maltratado y abusado por sus compañeros de trabajo y sobre todo por una sociedad agresiva e intolerante a su condición mental!! Entre otros👍🏻

  • MàRwà M.
    10/31/2019 16:40


  • Juliano D.
    10/31/2019 15:48

    O cara foi bom de mas

  • Jawad R.
    10/31/2019 14:17

    i am really looking forward to watch this movie cant wait anymore ...

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