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Entertainment Joker Director Recalls Friction Between Joaquin Phoenix and Robert De Niro on Set

01:30  04 october  2019
01:30  04 october  2019 Source:   people.com

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Joker Director Recalls Friction Between Joaquin Phoenix and Robert De Niro on Set . “Bob called me and he goes, ‘Tell him he’s an actor and he’s got to be there, I like to hear the whole movie, and we’re going to all get in a room and just read it,’ ” Phillips recalled in the interview.

' Joker ' director Todd Phillips says co-stars Joaquin Phoenix and Robert De Niro clashed over “And I'm in between a rock and a hard place because Joaquin 's like, 'There's no f***ing way I'm De Niro then invited Phoenix up to his personal office to talk things over, but Phoenix refused, saying “I didn’t like to talk to him on set ,” Phoenix told Vanity Fair. “The first day we said good morning, and

It wasn’t all smooth sailing between powerhouse actors Joaquin Phoenix and Robert De Niro on the Joker set.

Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro posing for the camera: Joaquin Phoenix and Robert De Niro | George Pimentel/Getty© George Pimentel/Getty Joaquin Phoenix and Robert De Niro | George Pimentel/Getty The Oscar winners had decidedly different approaches when it came to preparing for the thriller, which offers a deep look at the Batman supervillain’s backstory. Director Todd Phillips recounted the friction between the two actors in Phoenix’s recent Vanity Fair profile, and it all came down to whether or not to do a table read.

As Phoenix explains in the piece, he prefers a looser approach to get inside the head of his characters.

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Joaquin Phoenix has revealed that he and Robert De Niro barely spoke while filming their movie Joker , despite Phoenix citing De Niro as one of his Director Todd Phillips also revealed a touching moment before the pair began filming together, after Phoenix struggled to do a script read-through.

“For me, I always thought that acting should be like a documentary,” Phoenix told Vanity Fair. “That you should just feel whatever it is that you’re feeling, what you think the character is going through at that moment.”

But De Niro, an iconic figure in the business, likes to read through scripts before shooting and be completely familiar with the material. Unfortunately, Phoenix thought just the opposite.

“Bob called me and he goes, ‘Tell him he’s an actor and he’s got to be there, I like to hear the whole movie, and we’re going to all get in a room and just read it,’ ” Phillips recalled in the interview. “And I’m in between a rock and a hard place because Joaquin’s like, ‘There’s no f—– way I’m doing a read-through,’ and Bob’s like, ‘I do read-throughs before we shoot, that’s what we do.’”

Joker director says Joaquin Phoenix would sometimes walk off set

Joker director says Joaquin Phoenix would sometimes walk off set Joker director says Joaquin Phoenix would sometimes walk off set

Robert De Niro and Joaquin Phoenix didn't originally see eye to eye when the first stated working on Joker . Director Todd Phillips recently recalled getting De Niro and Phoenix to work together in a new De Niro was there for the ride, but things didn't work out so well between his Murray Franklin

De Niro demanded a read-through of the script with the entire cast before shooting began, while Phoenix , who prefers minimal rehearsing, said Phoenix , playing the titular character as a mentally ill loner named Arthur Fleck, said: "I didn't like to talk to him on set . The first day we said good morning

The two eventually worked out their differences, with De Niro even taking a moment to hold Phoenix’s face and give him a kiss on the cheek. But that doesn’t mean they were pals on set, as their characters are adversaries in the movie.

“I didn’t like to talk to him on set,” Phoenix said. “The first day we said good morning, and beyond that I don’t know that we talked much.”

Added De Niro, “His character and my character, we didn’t need to talk about anything. We just say, ‘Do the work. Relate as the characters to each other.’ It makes it simpler and we don’t [talk]. There’s no reason to.”

Joker, which also stars Frances Conroy and Zazie Beetz, is in theaters Friday.

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