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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Comments • 3 975

  • ThePsychopompos1
    ThePsychopompos1  40 minutes back

    Most amazing movie this century.

    • James Gatsby
      James Gatsby  57 minutes back

      It was beautiful.

      • Joker Motorcycle
        Joker Motorcycle  1 hours back

        Best joker movie 🎥 👏🌹

        • strom trooper
          strom trooper  3 hours back

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

          • Avalanche
            Avalanche  8 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  17 hours back

              Great performance beautiful man

              • badopinionsrighthere
                badopinionsrighthere  18 hours 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  19 hours back

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

                  • Juan Cortez
                    Juan Cortez  20 hours back

                    Like Apocalypse Now.

                    • Gold
                      Gold  21 hours back

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

                      • Kräuterseuche
                        Kräuterseuche  21 hours 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  24 hours back

                          Imagine Jared Leto doing this scene. lol

                          • task master
                            task master  9 hours back

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

                        • Stas
                          Stas  1 days back

                          The movie is a masterpiece - bewitching and overwhelming!

                          • Azimin Shafie
                            Azimin Shafie  1 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  1 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  1 days back

                                Joker is good.

                                • Task Don
                                  Task Don  1 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  1 days back

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

                                    • kay jones
                                      kay jones  1 days back

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

                                      • Best Gmn
                                        Best Gmn  1 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  2 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  2 days back

                                                      Wanna hear a joke?

                                                      Joker 68%
                                                      Batwoman 69%

                                                      • task master
                                                        task master  9 hours back

                                                        That perfectly represent "society"

                                                      • the shuriken
                                                        the shuriken  13 hours 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  2 days back

                                                      Genius ♡

                                                      • Day One
                                                        Day One  2 days back

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

                                                        • David P
                                                          David P  2 days back

                                                          Ever dance with the Devil in the pale bathroom light?

                                                          • Mohammad Albeshari
                                                            Mohammad Albeshari  2 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  3 days back

                                                                  Venom Vs Joker?
                                                                  #Venom

                                                                  • Bray Bay
                                                                    Bray Bay  3 days back

                                                                    Joaquin as Joker as Thom Yorke in Lotus Flower.

                                                                    • Leontief Modell
                                                                      Leontief Modell  3 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  3 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  3 days back

                                                                          Capolavoro assoluto

                                                                          • monai
                                                                            monai  3 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  3 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  4 days back

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

                                                                                      • Ragnarok
                                                                                        Ragnarok  4 days back

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

                                                                                        • Germanas Pancerovas
                                                                                          Germanas Pancerovas  4 days back

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

                                                                                          • storyofwill
                                                                                            storyofwill  4 days back

                                                                                            I love the joker dancing scene!!

                                                                                            • Desi Areros
                                                                                              Desi Areros  4 days back

                                                                                              is like jaipong dancer from indonesia