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Entertainment Joaquin Phoenix Admits He’s Terrified To Play The Joker: ‘It Scares The F**king S**t Out Of Me’

07:00  13 july  2018
07:00  13 july  2018 Source:   etcanada.com

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Phoenix says that he takes “a lot of time and consideration” when deciding which projects to pursue, and that this one “ scares the fucking shit out of me ” — which is part of why he ’ s doing it . Read More:Heath Ledger’ s Iconic Joker Performance Wouldn’ t Scare Joaquin Phoenix From Playing the

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Warner Bros. has confirmed that Joaquin Phoenix will portray the Joker in an upcoming standalone feature focusing on the origin of iconic Batman foe, stepping into a role that's been inhabited by the likes of Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger and Jared Leto, among others.

While fans of the 43-year-old Oscar winner have no doubt he'll knock it out of the park, Phoenix himself admits taking on such well-known role is nothing short of terrifying.

“I take a lot of time and consideration when making decisions and what I’m gonna work on always. So, in some ways, the process, which is obviously reading a script and meeting a filmmaker and then continuing to have meetings and discussions with [director] Todd [Phillips]. I think he’s very impressive and he seems to have a very interesting understanding of this world and what he’s trying to say," Phoenix tells Collider.

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Joaquin Phoenix Says Playing the Joker in Upcoming Origin Movie ' Scares the F — S — Out of Me '. Joaquin Phoenix is officially stepping into the role of the Joker , and he ’ s kind of terrified about playing the iconic villain.

Joaquin Phoenix is reportedly eyeing the role of the Joker in a new 80 s -set origins tale from The Hangover director Todd Phillips. He is rumored to have met with Phoenix in 2017 and is waiting for studio approval.

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"And so there is something very appealing about that and working with him on this particular project," he adds. "It feels unique, it is its own world in some ways, and maybe, mostly, it scares the f**king s**t out of me or something. It might as well be the thing that scares you the most.”

However, Phoenix also admits that the Joker movie is exactly the kind of project he's been seeking for the past few years.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. describes the upcoming film as an “exploration of a man disregarded by society [that] is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale,” a fresh take on the character that appealed to Phoenix.

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Variety is reporting that Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to play The Joker in Todd Phillips’ still untitled Joker film for Warner Bros. and DC. He was rumored to be in consideration for Lex Luthor in ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice’ and also Doctor Strange before pulling out of consideration for both

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“Three or four years ago, I called my agent and said ‘Why don’t they want to take one of these [comic book] characters and just make a lower-budget film about it, a movie but a character study, and why not take one of the villains?’" he explains.

While the Joker was at the top of the list, he admits thinking that particular character would be off the table. "I thought, "You can’t do the Joker, because, you know, it’s just you can’t do that character, it’s just been done,’" he says. "So I was trying to think of other characters, and he said ‘I’ll set up a general meeting with Warner Bros.’ And I said ‘I’m not gonna go, I can’t go to a general meeting.’ So I completely forgot about it, and so then I heard about this idea, I was like, ‘Oh that’s so exciting, that’s the kind of experience I wanted to have, with a movie based on a comic character.’ I felt like you could get something on screen.”

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