Joaquin Phoenix ponders his Joker meeting Batman

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 23 September 2019
Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix

'Joker' star Joaquin Phoenix thinks his version of the Batman villain would be excited meeting the Caped Crusader for the first time

Joaquin Phoenix thinks his Joker "would feel a surge of excitement" meeting Batman for the first time.

The 44-year-old actor takes on the title role of the Crown Prince of Crime in Todd Phillips' comic book thriller 'Joker', and he admitted he hadn't given much thought to his character coming face to face with the Caped Crusader.

Asked how his version of the villain would react, he told Jake Hamilton: "I hadn't thought about that.

"I feel under pressure. I want to give you a great answer, something that's fun. You have a lot of energy, you seem excited, I want to reciprocate that.

"But I don't know what his reaction will be. I imagine that he would feel a surge of excitement."

Meanwhile, Phoenix also admitted he isn't really into method acting and so he didn't delve into the role of the Joker in the same way the likes of Jared Leto and the late Heath Ledger did when they took on the role.

He explained: "I have to be honest, I didn't have that experience. It was fulfilling – as an actor, I look for roles that are going to push me in ways that I can't anticipate.

"I enjoy that, and I've found that at the end of the day I didn't feel exhausted as I would have imagined. I felt energised, excited, and I couldn't wait to get back to work.

"There's a great interest in actors and the process, and there's a lot that people seem to have an understanding of what method acting is – I don't, I don't know what it is. I think people do want to feel like you share in the struggle of the character, but I can't say that's the case."

Filmmaker Phillips previously ruled out the idea of Phoenix's Joker crossing paths with Robert Pattinson after his upcoming turn in 'The Batman'.

He said: "No, definitely not. Oddly, in the states, comic books are our Shakespeare it seems, and you can do many many versions of 'Hamlet'. There will be many more Jokers, I'm sure, in the future."

Joker

  • 5 stars
  • 2019
  • US
  • 2h 2min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Todd Phillips
  • Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Zazie Beetz, Robert De Niro
  • UK release: 4 October 2019

Arthur Fleck (Phoenix) is an unsuccessful clown who wants to be a comedian, but he gradually turns to evil. This dizzying origin story about Batman’s nemesis is like an ode to 1970s New York City; Phoenix is astonishing and Phillips’s grave vision never swerves. Unmissable.

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