Watch Joaquin Phoenix Do a Creepy Dance in ‘Joker’ | Anatomy of a Scene

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A run-down bathroom with a flickering fluorescent light, a swooning piece of music and some slow, deliberate moves. Those spare ingredients go into crafting this downbeat but memorable moment from “Joker.”
When the scene begins, Arthur Fleck (a.k.a. the Joker, played by Joaquin Phoenix) has just had an intense, life-defining moment and finds a bathroom to collect and calm himself. He does so with a dance that the director Todd Phillips said Phoenix came up with on the day of the shoot. In his narration, Phillips discusses the music (by Hildur Gudnadottir), and how he and Phoenix came to change the scene from what was in the script.
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Oct 7, 2019




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imnotwatchin 2 minutes ago
And So, JOKER is born !
What you lookin at
What you lookin at 23 minutes ago
it's called Tai Chi
Kinto \\》
Kinto \\》 23 minutes ago
My goodness, the Joker movie will leave a mark in our history!! What a Masterpiece !!
Shadow 57 minutes ago
This is Michael Jacksons smooth criminal regurgitated Hollywood is out of ideas
Jesse Enrique
Jesse Enrique Hour ago
It's like he's doing Qigong and all that energy is being directed into his new persona
xiomana xoxoxo
xiomana xoxoxo 2 hours ago
ninnoseven 2 hours ago
Wasn't great. Wasn't terrible. Definitely strange. Keep in mind. This is the Joker.. The freaking Joker.. They made him a normal, everyday, washout that happens to be psychotic. Gave him a 38 and face paint. Dropped ball....
Brion McManus
Brion McManus 3 hours ago
Not since Clark Gable, Gone with the Wind is this going to be a slam dunk winner for the 2019 Academy Award!
Alex Riley
Alex Riley 4 hours ago
I thought he was doing tai chi
Linda Dawn
Linda Dawn 5 hours ago
Bigoted comments published by NYT are disgusting.
e creative
e creative 5 hours ago
Carito L
Carito L 5 hours ago
Marvelous scene👏🏼One of my favorites too. I think, in a couple of years Joaquin can become a director as well.
Erod 5 hours ago
mellow magic
mellow magic 5 hours ago
Looks like he was doing a Joker version of tai chi.
jorge 88
jorge 88 6 hours ago
I want a movie about El diablos origin story you know the fire guy from suicide squad man suicide squad was a trash movie tho
Odysseus 8 hours ago
Not creepy... But beautiful.
Star Lah
Star Lah 8 hours ago
The dancing in this scene is phenomal...beautiful, mesmerising...
SOFTSHALLOW 9 hours ago
What makes me happy Gary Glitter will not be getting royalties from the film for the song Rock n Roll part 2 because he does not have the rights to it anymore.
Conner Grant
Conner Grant 9 hours ago
"Nothing can hurt me anymore." - Joker
LoRd HuMunGuS
LoRd HuMunGuS 10 hours ago
Birth of Joker in that scene
MbTheGreat 12 hours ago
he really dropped a gun in a CHILDRENS hospital and told a child “shh” 🤣🤣
Stephanie Dee
Stephanie Dee 13 hours ago
It looks like a mix of ballet and Tai chi
Ghost of Buchenwald
Ghost of Buchenwald 14 hours ago
Joker is being born....
Adri Roy Choudhury
Adri Roy Choudhury 15 hours ago
You wanna know how I got this (o)scars' ? ~ J.P (2019)
Annugrah Naninda
Annugrah Naninda 16 hours ago
This is a turning point for Arthur,in this scene he is transcending into Joker.
A T 17 hours ago
This scene feels to me like an exorcism of Arthur.
FakeSoap 18 hours ago
Heart churning master piece
Duk Kha
Duk Kha 18 hours ago
The dying swan... 🤔
Shahwal Khan
Shahwal Khan 18 hours ago
*And the Joaquin Phoenix goes to Oscar*
camaro rider
camaro rider 20 hours ago
moral of the movie is...... be yourself =D
MJE E 21 hour ago
Absolute garbage! Don't waste your money.
Code Green
Code Green 22 hours ago
Just got finished with the movie and I must say I loved this movie.
rebecca seppanen
Sweet as❤️
Michael Copley
Well of Course the Joker's musical, Hildur Guðnadóttir soundtrack "Mary Magdalene" Jesus/Joaquin (Phoenix's JOAker harley QUINn) . . .
Michael Copley
Michael Copley 22 hours ago
Oh, with Penny Fleck/Sophie Dumond representing Mother Mary/Harley Quinn (Mary Magdalene)?!?
Dale Cooper
Dale Cooper Day ago
I do really like the "Christ" pose in the end.
Mind-Cure Corner
At this moment he integrates his shadow.
trent grace
trent grace Day ago
THIS MOVIE IS...😔🤔😞🤔😳🤔😳😳🤔😳😳😳😳😳😳😳😳😳😄😄😄😁😁😁😁👻😳😳😳...
Tomy Krismanuel
This scene is beautiful but so creepy...
Greg Bystroff
I see a little Tai Chi.
Edwin Omar
Edwin Omar Day ago
2020 Oscars after watching joaquins phoenixs performance -issa wrap
Cris Duta
Cris Duta Day ago
Those who where dancing were believed to be insane, by those who could not hear the music. - Friedrich Nietzsche
Royson D'souza
Besides the fact how maginificent this movie was, I left the theatre confident that people are going to think about Heath ledger's joker. These are my thoughts: Do not compare both of them , since they both played the joker character accordingly true to their timeline and how they sinked into their madness. The latter was all about his origin and how he slowly embraced the joker inside of him because of the toxic society. Heath's Joker was years ahead where he portrays a well established psychopathic relentless criminal with no emotions for anyone. Looking for the punch line?... 🤡
Arthur Fleck
Arthur Fleck Day ago
There is no punch line.
Scott Aubrey
Scott Aubrey Day ago
Great movie, excellent acting.
Lorenzo Baku
Lorenzo Baku Day ago
He literally went into a bathroom and lost his mind...
I thought he was doing Tai Chi to calm himself.
Mes Djz
Mes Djz Day ago
Best scene! the scene that changed everything
The scenes of Joker dancing after a murder are the most beautiful scenes in the film.
Opsidus Day ago
*Joker* Has Come To.
milenaobi Day ago
Creepy Dance? i Dance like that :(
neptunedoug Day ago
this dance/tai chi reminded me of the opening scene in Apocalypse Now, I expected Joker to hit the mirror as well.
Julian Buenrostro
Is it weird of me saying that I'm 'bout to watch this film for the 3rd time? Sorry..... there's just something about this movie that makes ya feel powerful....
Thomas Wilson
He’s a great actor!
So basically they ran out of ideas and ended up going with some garbage that doesn't make sense and call it "art". This way, if you call it garbage, they say "you just simply don't understand art".
Lela Copeland
Beautiful and mesmerizing. True art and Joaquin is an incredible actor.
⠀⠀⠀⠀ Day ago
whats the song title? i love it...
Fatih Bas
Fatih Bas Day ago
Aria Strwn
Aria Strwn Day ago
Like ur mother
Hussain Abdullah
Joaquin just started to dance to the music 😂
Abdulla Alsheraifi
To me this scene resembles the state of shock Arther Fleck went through and the beginning of him realizing his abilities. It made him acknowledge something deep inside of him that is eager to come out. The way he dance and look at his hands states for a fact that he's not sorry for what happened but in contrary, it opened now a new dimension to him and his new character.
Live Life
Live Life Day ago
I just saw the movie. In my opinion that's not the joker, I mean where is the scars in the mouth, where is the bad guy, I never saw the joker dancing in a movie. I expected some action like we always see in batman. This movie should have a different title.
Aria Strwn
Aria Strwn Day ago
Stupid comment
dragging no
dragging no Day ago
Be quite because what you just said was stupid 1 last time I checked that the scars was only in the dark Knight movie 2 this is a joker movie where batman is still a kid 3 joker has dance before didn't you watch batman 89? 4 if you expected lots of big action then that's your fault this is a character study on how the joker becomes the joker Next time do your research.
Sam Sung
Sam Sung Day ago
NY Times you have demonstrated again your message of division and hatered with your article "The Real Threat of 'Joker' is Hiding in Plain Sight" You are not journalists and the world can see that you are the real Jokers with an agenda of pure evil! You are the threat to our world!
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