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EntertainmentJoaquin Phoenix on ‘Joker’: “It Was One of the Greatest Experiences of My Career”

12:31  10 september  2019
12:31  10 september  2019 Source:   variety.com

Joaquin Phoenix on His Joker Transformation: ‘You Start to Go Mad’

Joaquin Phoenix on His Joker Transformation: ‘You Start to Go Mad’ VENICE, Italy—Joaquin Phoenix’s Arthur Fleck, the mentally-ill antagonist at the center of Todd Phillips’ Joker, is without question the most deranged version of the DC supervillain to ever hit the screen. 

Joaquin Rafael Phoenix (/hwɑːˈkiːn/; né Bottom; born October 28, 1974) is an American actor, producer, and activist. For his work as an actor, Phoenix has received a Grammy Award

Joaquin Phoenix has been making up for missed time. After taking two years off from acting following Woody Allen’s “Irrational Man” in 2015, he In the midst of promoting that movie, Phoenix is already enmeshed in one of the most unexpected new challenges on his docket — playing a supervillain.

Joaquin Phoenix on ‘Joker’: “It Was One of the Greatest Experiences of My Career”© Andrew H. Walker/Shutterstock

Joaquin Phoenix wrestled with playing the Joker before he signed on to Todd Phillips’ latest film. The actor talked about coming to terms with the role at a Q&A following the North American premiere of “Joker” at the Toronto Film Festival on Monday night.

“I mean honestly, it wasn’t an easy decision at first,” Phoenix said. “I didn’t f–king know. I didn’t. But then there was something that was drawing me toward it. It just evolved as we worked together. It started becoming something more than I anticipated. It was one of the greatest experiences of my career.”

Phoenix’s interpretation of the Joker comes as Warner Bros. is trying to revamp the DC Universe, following disappointing results from 2017’s “Justice League” with Batman and Superman. Phillips said he pitched “Joker” to WB executives as an origins story, similar to gritty 1970s and ’80s movies that he grew up with such as “Raging Bull” and “Network.”

‘Joker’ Gets Eight-Minute Standing Ovation at Venice Premiere

‘Joker’ Gets Eight-Minute Standing Ovation at Venice Premiere The premiere of “Joker” at the Venice Film Festival drew an eight-minute standing ovation Saturday night for actor Joaquin Phoenix, director Todd Phillips and the gripping but harrowing origin story they’ve mapped out for Batman’s arch-villain. Phoenix and Phillips were joined in the Sala Grande by Zazie Beetz, who also stars in the film as Phoenix’s character’s neighbor. Robert De Niro, who plays a talk-show host, did not make the trek to the Lido. Buzz in Venice had been growing steadily around the Warner Bros.

As soon as Joaquin Phoenix 's Joker origin story film was announced, it started stirring up quite a buzz. Despite being nominated for three Oscars, Joaquin Phoenix found himself thoroughly intimidated by the idea of playing the Joker — which is one of the main reasons he ultimately ended

With Todd Phillips’ “ Joker ” origin movie getting the official green light from Warner Bros. this week, star Joaquin Phoenix said in an interview with Collider that the decision to play the supervillain wasn’t made lightly — and that is scares the “s–t” out of him. “I take a lot of time and consideration.

“What’s great about Joker is that he’s an unreliable narrator and he has no origin story,” said Phillips, who is best known for directing the “Hangover” franchise. “We had a freedom. We picked from some of the comics. It was really liberating.”

Phillips said he thought of Phoenix as he was co-writing the script, but it took some time to convince the actor. “I always said he never really signed on to the movie,” Phillips said. “He just showed up for a wardrobe fitting.”

And Phillips doesn’t envision Phoenix’s “Joker” fitting into a larger DC Universe, with Robert Pattinson signing on to play Batman in a Matt Reeves film that will debut in 2021. “I don’t see it connecting to anything in the future,” Phillips said. “This is just a movie.”

Unlike most other comic book films, WB is marketing and positioning “Joker” as an adult drama and serious awards contender. The movie premiered at the Venice Film Festival on Aug. 31, and sparked buzz that Phoenix could be nominated for a best actor Oscar. (Heath Ledger, who played the character in “The Dark Knight,” won a posthumous best supporting actor Academy Award in 2009.)

Toronto-based financier for Joker has made movies into ultimate yield play

Toronto-based financier for Joker has made movies into ultimate yield play Jason Cloth manages risk in his film-financing business just like he did as an investment banker, scrutinizing deals with one big question in mind: “How do I not get screwed?” That means staying focused on business and not getting bedazzled by the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. “People play on the vanity of it,” Cloth, 53, said in an interview at Bloomberg’s Toronto office. “But if you strip away the vanity, bright lights and you run it as an asset-backed lending play, then you just dig into the value and understand it.” The approach appears to be working.

The Joker is more than just Batman’s most infamous enemy. He’s also one of comics’ most iconic villains, with a long history of memorable portrayals on The first trailer for Joker was released in April, offering a preview of the tone of the film and the spin on the character that Phillips and Phoenix are

Joaquin Phoenix is finally letting us all in on the joke. Once just an outlandish idea, Phoenix 's grounded, lower-budget origin movie for the DC Comics villain The Joker has gotten an official greenlight from Warner Brothers. With the movie revving toward production

The Toronto premiere was packed with Warner Bros. executives, as well as actors such as Lucas Hedges and Charlie Hunnam (who both have films playing at Toronto). Bradley Cooper, one of the producers of “Joker,” watched the film from the mezzanine but didn’t join the cast onstage.

“Joker” opens in theaters on Oct. 4.

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