Joaquin Phoenix Thought Joker Should Be Heavier, but Lost the Argument

Joaquin Phoenix's Adorable Way Of Addressing Beau Rooney Mara Is By Calling Her A'Filthy Dragon

Joaquin Phoenix's Adorable Way Of Addressing Beau Rooney Mara Is By Calling Her A'Filthy Dragon

"The Batman will explore a detective case - when people start dying in unusual ways, Batman must go deep into the dark world of Gotham to find clues and solve the mystery/conspiracy connected to Gotham City's history and criminals". As Stephanie Zacharek reviewed for Time, "The movie lionizes and glamorizes Arthur even as it shakes its head, faux-sorrowfully, over his violent behavior". The film itself is a psychological character study akin to Taxi Driver, and Phoenix commands the frame every second he's onscreen-which is quite a feat, as he's literally in every single scene. The film traces Arthur Fleck's journey from lonely, misunderstood, mentally ill outsider to a domestic terrorist. Both men agreed Phoenix should undergo a "drastic weight change", but Phoenix wanted to put on the pounds and not lose them.

He continued, "He didn't ask me, he told me". "As it turns out, that impacts your psychology, and you really start to go mad when you lose that much weight in that amount of time".

In an emotional speech, he said River helped him rediscover his love of acting after early experiences as a child actor left him disillusioned. "When I was watching those clips, I thought about my family". Again, it's more like Taxi Driver than The Wolverine, and while films like Black Panther, Logan, and Deadpool have stretched the constraints of the superhero genre in the past, nothing comes close to the level of psychological trauma depicted in Joker. Phoenix didn't watch Heath Ledger or Jack Nicholson's performances to prepare.

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"When I was 15 or 16, my brother River came home from work and he had a VHS copy of a movie called Raging Bull and he sat me down and made me watch it", Joaquin said, via Variety. "It just felt like something that was our creation in some ways". Joaquin Phoenix has said how long it took him to commit and how fearful he was of it at first, but eventually, with some gentle nudging from Todd Phillips, he signed on.

That's another thing that sets Phoenix's Joker apart from all the others, and why his version will be the best yet - Phillips' film focuses on mental illness and the toll it takes on those ignored and mistreated by the system. He stalks a woman (Zazie Beetz), or maybe he doesn't.

Phillips, previously known for frat house comedies including the "Hangover" trilogy and "Road Trip", bristled at suggestions the movie was a major departure for him. I can't really be sure. This Joker serves as a metaphor for society's lost: he's more than just a comic villain in a comic film, and viewers should know by now that Joker is far from just a comic film. He wants to make an elevated comic-book movie, and Warner Bros. clearly wants that too, but that's not what they got.

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