Joaquin Phoenix on why the Joker movie scares him

Joaquin Phoenix Confirmed to Play The Joker In New Origin Film

Joaquin Phoenix Confirmed to Play The Joker In New Origin Film

Now, the actor has finally confirmed he will be playing the Joker for Todd Phillips, and had some incredible words of praise for the film.

The Joker film in question was first reported almost a year ago, and will be co-written and directed by The Hangover's Todd Phillips.

Phillips is also reported to have co-written the script with Scott Silver, and the movie will start filming this fall in NY.

Official plot details are still under wraps but the Joker origin film is to be a gritty and grounded crime film set in 1980s Gotham City, separate from DC's current shared cinematic universe in an effort to create new and unique storylines as the studio expands DC canon.

Finally, Phoenix spoke about his excitement to work with Phillips, who he says is "very passionate" about the project. "It feels unique, it is its own world in some ways and maybe, mostly, it scares the fucking shit out of me or something", Phoenix added. "It might as well be the thing that scares you the most", Phoenix confessed.


"Three or four years ago, I called my agent and said 'Why don't they want to take one of these characters and just make a lower budget film about it, a movie but a character study, and why not take one of the villains?'" Phoenix said.

In discussing the film itself, Phoenix said the genre is indescribable, landing not in one genre or the other, but rather feeling like a purely unique feature and that the most important thing about the film is Phillips' passion for the project. "There were characters in comics that were really interesting and deserve the opportunity to be kind of studied".

Joaquin Phoenix is arguably the best actor of his generation. When previously asked about the possibility, the actor played coy and gave the stock answer, "it sounds very interesting", to almost every reporter that asked him about joining up with DC Films and Warner Bros.

Actors like Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger and Mark Hamill (through his voice in video-games and animated series and movies) have previously slipped into the Joker's grubby clothes and have given distinct vibes to the character.

There's no release date for the Joker movie yet, but the film will reportedly start shooing in September. Phoenix said he focuses more on whether the director will be happy with his performance, since the general audience's approval of him is simply a "magnified version of what you deal with as an actor". It will be very interesting to see what Phoenix brings to the role that has been done a few times before, leaving some pretty big shoes to fill. Under Todd Phillips' direction, will the Academy Award-nominated actor bring a level of gravitas to the most iconic comic book villain of all-time that hasn't been seen in almost a decade? Phoenix admitted that he is scared while speaking to Collider.

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