Anticipation for Joker continues to mount as we get nearer to the movie’s launch date. Now that it has screened at a number of movie festivals and folks have had the prospect to see the film, buzz round Joaquin Phoenix‘s efficiency could possibly be an early indicator that he’ll be in dialogue for awards consideration come Oscar season. But the method was tough for Phoenix, who had the daunting job of exhibiting a person’s descent into madness and the tole he exacts on Gotham City for due to it.
Director Todd Phillips defined that Phoenix would someday stroll off the set through the center of filming scenes for Joker, complicated his co-stars within the course of.
“In the middle of the scene, he’ll just walk away and walk out,” Phillips mentioned in an interview with the New York Times. “And the poor other actor thinks it’s them and it was never them — it was always him, and he just wasn’t feeling it.” And after taking a breather, he mentioned, “we’ll take a walk and we’ll come back and we’ll do it.”
Co-star Robert De Niro added that Phoenix was very into the method whereas making Joker.
“Joaquin was very intense in what he was doing, as it should be, as he should be,” De Niro mentioned. “There’s nothing to talk about, personally, on the side, ‘Let’s have coffee.’ Let’s just do the stuff.”
Phillips additionally defined that they wrote the film particularly for Phoenix, and that there was by no means anybody else thought of for the position — even the rumored Leonardo DiCaprio. So that meant if Phoenix did not wish to do it, they have been in bother.
“He was not keen on jumping into costume in any comic-book movie,” Phillips defined. “It’s not necessarily in his five-year plan — although I don’t think he has one.”
“I asked him to come over and audition me for it,” Phoenix mentioned. “It wasn’t an easy decision, but he kept saying, ‘Let’s just be bold. Let’s do something.’”
Phillips added, “I kept waiting for him to just say, ‘Ok, I’m in,’ And he never did that.” Phoenix defined, “You just never get a yes. All you get is more questions.”
“It’s not really connected to that [DC Movie] Universe,” Phillips mentioned throughout a Q&A after the film. “And it was really intentionally not. I mean the original idea when I went to [Warner Bros.] with the idea was not just about one movie, but about a label – sort of a side label to DC, where you can do these kind of character study, low-rent, low-budget movies, where you get a filmmaker to come in and do some deep dive into a character. So it was never meant to connect, so I don’t see it connecting to anything in the future. I think this is just this movie, you know?”
Joker premieres in theaters on October 4th.