Joaquin Phoenix says he started "to go mad" while preparing for Joker
Joaquin Phoenix reveals details about preparing for Joker. He shared that he started "to go mad" while losing weight for the film.

Joker star Joaquin Phoenix revealed details about preparing for the role, saying that he started “to go mad” while losing weight for the film.

Joaquin Phoenix preparing for Joker
(Image source: Instagram/Todd Phillips)

The DC movie has only had its premier at the Venice Film Festival on Saturday. Joker was extremely well received by the audience as according to Variety they rewarded ti with an 8-minute standing ovation.

Joaquin Phoenix, who plays joker in the film directed and written by Todd Phillips, revealed some details from how he prepared for the psychological film. Phoenix stated that he didn’t try to copy the past actors for joker from the previous DC films. In the past, Jared Leto and Heath Ledger took the role of the villain.

The 44-year-old actor said in an interview with ET Canada, “The attraction to make this film and this character was that we were going to approach it in our own way, so, for me, I didn’t refer to any past iterations of the character.”


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Joaquin Phoenix preparing for Joker
(Instagram source: Instagram/ Joker Movie)

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“It just felt like something that was our creation in some ways,” he added.

“The first thing was the weight loss,” Phoenix shared about the reported 52 pounds of weight he lost for the role. “That’s really what I started with. As it turns out, that impacts your psychology, and you really start to go mad when you lose that much weight in that amount of time,” he recalled.

“There’s also a book about political assassins that I thought was interesting, and breaks down the different types of personalities that do those sorts of things [done in the film].”

Joaquin Phoenix preparing for Joker
(Instagram source: Instagram/ Joker Movie)

The 3 time Oscar nominee continued,  “I wanted the freedom to create something that wasn’t identifiable. This is a fictional character, and I didn’t want a psychiatrist to be able to identify the kind of person he was.”

“We were getting into medication and what issues he might have, but [I thought] let’s step away from that. We want to have the room to create what we want,” he added.

In addition, Phoenix explained how ‘joker’s’ character evolved in his perspective. “Throughout the course of shooting, every day felt like we were discovering new aspects of the character and shades of his personality, up until the very last day,” he concluded.

Joaquin Phoenix preparing for Joker
(Instagram source: Instagram/ Joker Movie)

Joker is to be released on October 4th.


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