How ‘Joker’ Star Joaquin Phoenix Was Convinced to Take on the Clown Prince of Crime

/Film | 9/16/2019 | Chris Evangelista
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Joaquin Phoenix has spent the last few years in indie films, which made his attachment to Joker, a big, dark comic book movie from Warner Bros., a bit surprising. And it sounds like Phoenix was just as surprised himself.

Our own Peter Sciretta attended a recent Q&A with Phoenix and director Todd Phillips following an early screening of the film and the two talked about the non-traditional way the actor finally joined the project.

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Joaquin Phoenix is one of those actors you don’t imagine turning up in comic book movies. At one point, he came very close to landing the lead in Marvel’s Doctor Strange, but rumors indicate that Phoenix was hesitant to become a part of Marvel’s multi-movie machine. Which is why it seemed so surprising when word came that the actor would be playing the lead in Todd Phillips’ Joker.

“[Phoenix] had a lot of reticence being in a comic book movie,” said director Todd Phillips. “And doing that kind of thing.”

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For his part, Phoenix doesn’t really recall saying he had any hesitation. In fact, when presented with this statement by Phillips at the Q&A, Phoenix replied: “I don’t remember.”

But Phillips recalls a somewhat long, drawn-out process of bringing Phoenix on board:

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“Every day I would say to, I’d go up to his house, we’d talk about the script, we’d audition the laugh, we would do all...
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