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Entertainment Joaquin Phoenix Defends 'Joker' as Examination of 'Malevolent Person'

19:31  01 october  2019
19:31  01 october  2019 Source:   thewrap.com

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Joaquin Phoenix responded to the polarized reaction from critics surrounding "Joker" and whether the film sympathizes with a damaged shut-in of a supervillain.

Joaquin Phoenix looking at the camera: joker© TheWrap joker

In an interview with Vanity Fair that was published on Tuesday, Phoenix explained why he felt it was necessary to take the part of Joker's alter-ego, struggling comedian Arthur Fleck, saying that he never anticipated the reaction to the film to be "smooth sailing."

"It's a difficult film. In some ways, it's good that people are having a strong reaction to it," Phoenix said. "I was going through [the script] and I realized, I said, 'Well, why would we make something, like, where you sympathize or empathize with this villain?' It's like, because that's what we have to do."

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In the interview, Phoenix elaborated on the debate over the film and why he wanted to explore such a character.

"You can either say here's somebody who, like everybody, needed to be heard and understood and to have a voice. Or you can say this is somebody that disproportionately needs a large quantity of people to be fixated on him. His satisfaction comes as he stands in amongst the madness," he said.

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Director Todd Phillips also spoke to Vanity Fair about the film's dark tone and violence.

"We're making a movie about a fictional character in a fictional world, ultimately, and your hope is that people take it for what it is," Phillips said. "You can't blame movies for a world that is so f—ed up that anything can trigger it. That's kind of what the movie is about. It's not a call to action. If anything it's a call to self-reflection to society

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Check out Phoenix's full interview in Vanity Fair here.

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