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

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  • Published: 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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  • Eric Thompson
    Eric Thompson  2 hours back

    this scene was amazing

    • José Luis Fuentes Manrique

      I didn't cry with any particular scene but, jeez... Let me tell for sure that it gave me chills and goosebumps all movie long.

      Beautiful feeling to the unexpected reaction of the character to the situations presented.

      • Nat Bite
        Nat Bite  12 hours back

        This scene was so beautiful and dark. Incredible movement and score ❤

        • ThePsychopompos1
          ThePsychopompos1  17 hours back

          Most amazing movie this century.

          • James Gatsby
            James Gatsby  17 hours back

            It was beautiful.

            • Joker Motorcycle
              Joker Motorcycle  17 hours back

              Best joker movie 🎥 👏🌹

              • strom trooper
                strom trooper  19 hours back

                If you want to see a realife Joker, you should Google for Iqram Dinzly

                • Avalanche
                  Avalanche  24 hours back

                  I cannot describe how much I loved this movie. Thanks to the whole crew; and sad to see the PC police is trying hard to bash this extraordinary movie

                  • Judy Blaha
                    Judy Blaha  1 days back

                    Great performance beautiful man

                    • badopinionsrighthere
                      badopinionsrighthere  1 days back

                      This scene and characterization was brilliant. Arthur uses dance as a form of control- control of himself, control of the situation. When you watch the movie, you'll notice he dances when he feels confident in himself and his actions. Spoilery examples in my reply

                      • Cerulean Sealpup
                        Cerulean Sealpup  1 days back

                        This scene did creep me out..i dont know why.

                        • Juan Cortez
                          Juan Cortez  1 days back

                          Like Apocalypse Now.

                          • Gold
                            Gold  2 days back

                            Am I the only one who cried during this scene? It was so emotional...

                            • Kräuterseuche
                              Kräuterseuche  2 days back

                              This doesn't feel creepy to me. It gets this special feeling of " Oh wow, this is some deep ship."

                              • Vince E
                                Vince E  2 days back

                                Imagine Jared Leto doing this scene. lol

                                • task master
                                  task master  12 hours back

                                  @Vince E how old are you? Never seen his old movies before? He is not that bad

                                • Vince E
                                  Vince E  13 hours back

                                  @task master so this is a good movie with a good writer. You're telling me Jared Leto would do well in this scene? Lol. Jared Leto is trash and the DC franchise let him know.

                                • task master
                                  task master  1 days back

                                  He's a good actor with bad writer and movie. Stop being a sheep

                              • Stas
                                Stas  2 days back

                                The movie is a masterpiece - bewitching and overwhelming!

                                • Azimin Shafie
                                  Azimin Shafie  2 days back

                                  Honestly, any actor who can play batman and win an oscar will be the best actor of all time.

                                  • MM M
                                    MM M  2 days back

                                    This is my favorite scene in the entire movie! You can taste the power, glory, & satisfaction of his actions. Arthur's pain of his trauma becomes justified! I had tears in my eyes & chills over my whole body!!!

                                    • skyly02
                                      skyly02  2 days back

                                      Joker is good.

                                      • Task Don
                                        Task Don  2 days back

                                        The dance fit so well into Joker's characteristic because after tasting blood for the first time in his life that he wants to celebrate by dancing. This moment is not the birth of Joker, this is the moment of rebirth of Joker. As he said later on, he doesn't have the "condition" because this is him: a natural psychopath that has been suppressed by life and society which just need a moment for him to finally break free.

                                        • Henry Gonzalez
                                          Henry Gonzalez  2 days back

                                          Man the acting was great... it was hard cord he new the moves...

                                          • kay jones
                                            kay jones  2 days back

                                            The perfect scene, tai chi joker style....

                                            • Best Gmn
                                              Best Gmn  2 days back

                                              It's so theatral...become THE personnage it's not easy...he is the 🤡. Two personnage! Thumbs'up To Phoenix♥️

                                              • docdurdin
                                                docdurdin  2 days back

                                                The entertainment media (in total) is very proud of how well they dance with the news media to influence and control the herd mentality of the public. Actually, the industry would agree with me that their work is exquisite and artful, although shameful and destructive. The actual JOKE is on you. For the youth who are blinded by an entrained obsessive need for acceptance, this work is genius. If you haven't noticed, most actors today have a different avenue of training. They have been stripped of any real personality, left only with an alter ego created by the industry in control, like trained animals. The real wake up call came from the LAST JOKER..... Might you wonder what really happened to him? There are no exits from the deal.

                                                • rhyka101
                                                  rhyka101  2 days back

                                                  I saw the film last night. Superbly directed and an amazing performance from Phoenix. Twists that hit you hard and unapologetic violence. Homages to previous movies and thought provoking social commentary. The use of a cello and the music score overall beautifully matches the moods created.

                                                  • BeeHugger 7
                                                    BeeHugger 7  2 days back

                                                    This is better titled
                                                    " joker does qi gong"🙃

                                                    • MALi Moor
                                                      MALi Moor  2 days back

                                                      The dance of change.

                                                      • PITUFINA
                                                        PITUFINA  2 days back

                                                        Masterpiece Phoenix !!! Hopefully will win the Oscar

                                                        • Chris Mequet
                                                          Chris Mequet  3 days back

                                                          I wish that Todd waited like 1 more week to talk about the behind the scenes stuff. Only for the simple fact that some people might have not seen this before watching the movie.

                                                          • Simple Figure
                                                            Simple Figure  3 days back

                                                            Wanna hear a joke?

                                                            Joker 68%
                                                            Batwoman 69%

                                                            • task master
                                                              task master  1 days back

                                                              That perfectly represent "society"

                                                            • the shuriken
                                                              the shuriken  1 days back

                                                              you mean from Rotten Tomatoes? I will never believed that website, they rated Avengers Endgame 94% and Joker 68%, are they a bunch of elementary kids?

                                                          • guritza80
                                                            guritza80  3 days back

                                                            Genius ♡

                                                            • Day One
                                                              Day One  3 days back

                                                              This is THE best movie of 2019 ! Bring in the oscars

                                                              • David P
                                                                David P  3 days back

                                                                Ever dance with the Devil in the pale bathroom light?

                                                                • Mohammad Albeshari
                                                                  Mohammad Albeshari  3 days back

                                                                  I love this movie

                                                                  • oshitomaha
                                                                    oshitomaha  3 days back

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

                                                                    • A P
                                                                      A P  3 days back

                                                                      Nothing creepy about his dance

                                                                      It’s quite beautiful... like tai chi

                                                                      • Venom
                                                                        Venom  4 days back

                                                                        Venom Vs Joker?
                                                                        #Venom

                                                                        • Bray Bay
                                                                          Bray Bay  4 days back

                                                                          Joaquin as Joker as Thom Yorke in Lotus Flower.

                                                                          • Leontief Modell
                                                                            Leontief Modell  4 days back

                                                                            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  4 days back

                                                                              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  4 days back

                                                                                Capolavoro assoluto

                                                                                • monai
                                                                                  monai  4 days back

                                                                                  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
                                                                                    Adeline  4 days back

                                                                                    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  4 days back

                                                                                      Unfortunately it's very relatable for me.

                                                                                      • southpakrules
                                                                                        southpakrules  4 days back

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

                                                                                        • Jeffrey Baker
                                                                                          Jeffrey Baker  4 days back

                                                                                          I think the most pivotal and important scenes in the movie

                                                                                          • Richard Miller
                                                                                            Richard Miller  5 days back

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

                                                                                            • Betelgeuse
                                                                                              Betelgeuse  5 days back

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