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

  • Published on: 07 October 2019
  • 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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  • Yaver Khan
    Yaver Khan   1 weeks ago

    An artist as human according to nature dance is a form of expression as Joaquin Phoenix i expected to be shine alone above all actors cx he depicted my pain n torture 😭😭😭😭😇

  • John Whitman
    John Whitman   1 weeks ago

    Im diagnosed ADHD and ASPD. . This is the only movie and I mean the only movie that I have seen that literally made me look at myself. . Fuckn relatable. Truly a masterpiece

  • dark jedi
    dark jedi   3 weeks ago

    This film got 69% on Rotten Tomatoes...I knew it, I always hate tomatoes 🍅

  • Wilhelm Heinrich
    Wilhelm Heinrich   3 weeks ago

    The critics panned Joker because they couldn’t handle a villain as a protagonist in a story or film.

  • Y.
    Y.   1 months ago

    i remember watching this and just, memorized by Arthur dancing and how creepy yet peaceful the scene was. I don't think a movie has ever made me felt like this before

  • Pablo Martinez
    Pablo Martinez   1 months ago

    I have Generalized Anxiety And Depression I Can Understand all The Pain This Movie Brings .

  • Brum Man
    Brum Man   1 months ago

    “You talking to me” only real movie fans will understand.

  • nikodim
    nikodim   1 months ago

    In my opinion, this movie is a stand alone masterpiece

  • 이초록
    이초록   1 months ago

    i think joker's dancing scene is inspired from bong joon ho's "mother" opening scene and ending scene. this is mother opeing scene. i wnat to hear about ur opinion

  • Audra Evans
    Audra Evans   1 months ago

    I feel like this character is a Pisces.

  • Christiam disciple
    Christiam disciple   1 months ago

    It's not creepy at all. In fact it is liberating and very is an expression of who he is and who he is shaping up to be. It is a catharsis after his explosive release against THE BULLY. It's not about right or wrong at this time that I consider but Arthur's way of coping with his very very aweful life that makes it beautiful in the midst of the tragedy playing out...which Arthur later finds humorous and couches as a comedy and in truth most comedians laugh at their pain and most of our comical entertainment is mostly that...making fun of something that intrisically hurts us. I find it beautiful in a heavy way. To bring out beauty however small from great evil is somehthing like a rose in mud.

  • Naasir Ali
    Naasir Ali   1 months ago

    Please todd you have done the joker to perfection.....Please do Scarecrow or Bane if you can stay true to the joker character I just imagine what he'll do next with them

  • Dave Otuwa
    Dave Otuwa   1 months ago


  • Gaitan
    Gaitan   1 months ago

    Dear New York Times: Your News Paper is creepy.

  • Patrick Bertlein
    Patrick Bertlein   1 months ago

    This reminded me of Butoh. His acting was incredible. The movie was heavily flawed, and critics will overlook this because they will, understandably so, be so mesmerized by some of the best acting of this century.

  • Joaquin Shang
    Joaquin Shang   1 months ago

    This scene alone shows what a genius actor is capable of... Just an improvisation idea and flowing with it, let it go, be the character... Joaquin is the best, he should have 2 Oscars by now.

  • Vadym Volodko
    Vadym Volodko   1 months ago

    I'm watching cinema movies now with CinemaVariety. I registered last year and I'm still enjoy it :D

  • Ather
    Ather   1 months ago

    "A run-down bathroom with a flickering fluorescent light, a swooning piece of music and some slow, deliberate moves."Believe me or not this whole line is not just only a script but a FEELING 😢💔

  • Youtuber27
    Youtuber27   1 months ago

    One of the greatest scenes in film history.

  • giada
    giada   2 months ago

    Joaquin Phoenix didn't just play this character beautifully, with an extraordinary performance. He improvised this scene, by turning his character's thoughts and feelings into dance and if this scene is now one of the most beautiful scenes of the movie is thanks to him. This is a proof that Phoenix put all his soul into this character, to the point that he disappears and we only see Arthur and Joker. When an actor is able to give new interpretation to his character's feelings by turning few lines of the script into something more deep and beautiful, that's when an actor becomes an artist! Phoenix definitely deserves all the awards for that performance and for his dedication and passion. I want to thank Todd Phillips, because he is the one gave Phoenix this oportunity.

  • Gaitan
    Gaitan   2 months ago

    Good decision to do the scene.

  • phishydpak
    phishydpak   2 months ago

    The King of Devils. Joaquin, you're a GWAMM.

  • Mediawatcher
    Mediawatcher   2 months ago

    It’s insane to think that this was all improvised! Joaquin Phoenix is a true actor!

  • AppalachianWolf
    AppalachianWolf   2 months ago

    MSM: Why do people like this movie? Us: You wouldn’t get it.

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  • Joaquin Shang
    Joaquin Shang   2 months ago

    This scene is like a line of poetry, no logical words but describes the inner spirit change of the protagonist. One of the scenes of this decade.

  • Angela Ziegler
    Angela Ziegler   2 months ago

    Is the movie scary ? Actually I want to watch it but I don’t dare bc ppl are saying that it’s scary and I don’t think that I have the ability to watch scary movies bc I get scared easily so if you have watched the movie can you please tell me your opinion ? Thank youuu ❤️

  • Eric Dufrane
    Eric Dufrane   2 months ago

    Why did I get chills when I saw that.. don't even like dancing

  • Jason H
    Jason H   2 months ago

    When you go from Team Batman to Team Joker in one dance!

  • temper44
    temper44   2 months ago

    The idea that some people have music in them is a beautiful one. I've never considered it, but thinking back I have known several of those people in my life.