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

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  • Published on:  Monday, October 7, 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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  • oshitomaha


     4 minutes ago

    I thought “martial arts” at first when I was at a theater.

  • A P

    A P

     6 hours ago

    Nothing creepy about his dance

    It’s quite beautiful... like tai chi

  • Venom


     7 hours ago

    Venom Vs Joker?

  • Bray Bay

    Bray Bay

     8 hours ago

    Joaquin as Joker as Thom Yorke in Lotus Flower.

  • Leontief Modell

    Leontief Modell

     11 hours ago

    That was one of the most striking scenes of the movies, to me.

    All alone by himself, able to express something he would never express when being surrounded by other people, in a way venting his sanity and pulling in the madness through his almost ballet-like dance moves. It's like when you've hit the right amount of drunkenness, where you feel everything upped to 11 and don't feel drunk yet. So intimate. The haunting cello soundtrack, as well as the lighting and particularly the camera work, make this such a special moment. When everything just aligns perfectly.

    When I walked out of the theater a week ago I said to my friends:"What you have just witnessed is a performance you only get to see every 10-20 years. We can really feel blessed to have seen this."

  • Martin Macdonald

    Martin Macdonald

     13 hours ago

    Critics say: Joker is a derivative mess that glorifies violence
    Critics think: Woke orthodoxy dictates that mentally-ill white males shall have no help or sympathy, fathers are not necessary in their children's lives, eat-the-rich is a noble goal, it's all Trump's fault. I'd better pan this masterpiece.

  • Giusy Anastasi

    Giusy Anastasi

     15 hours ago

    Capolavoro assoluto

  • monai


     15 hours ago

    I saw this scene and the first word that came to mind was "glory." In this particular moment, I feel like the "Joker" was born. Those larger than life movements AND the way he revels at himself in the mirror, ugh, just brilliant.

  • Adeline


     20 hours ago

    This movie is so good that I'm seriously a little scared of knowing too much about it but still I wanna know more about it

  • Elaine Clements Finn

    Elaine Clements Finn


    Unfortunately it's very relatable for me.

  • southpakrules



    Joker Critics score 69%
    Ghostbusters 2016 Critics score 74%.
    I'll just leave it at that.

  • Jeffrey Baker

    Jeffrey Baker


    I think the most pivotal and important scenes in the movie

  • Richard Miller

    Richard Miller


    Hey! Did your columnist making this into some white racist story get his diaper changed yet?

  • Ragnarok



    IMO, his weird dances signifies the birth and liberation of the narcissist within.

  • Germanas Pancerovas

    Germanas Pancerovas


    it s noy creepy dance, it s a meditation dance they practice as therapy in menatl hospitals

  • storyofwill



    I love the joker dancing scene!!

  • Desi Areros

    Desi Areros


    is like jaipong dancer from indonesia

  • Hi_Frankie



    Why "a little less than the next time we see him dance"? Why wouldn't any dance after this dance be still 100% joker?

  • Patricia Canton

    Patricia Canton


    Thats whats called perfection

  • Hawk


     yesterday +4

    This movie was so different and exciting. Joaquin deserves an Oscar. 🌟