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

  • 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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  • Shafaet Islam
    Shafaet Islam  6 days back


    • Yaver Khan
      Yaver Khan  1 weeks back

      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 😭😭😭😭😇

        ELECTRONIC RESISTANCE  1 weeks back

        Jesus crucification at end. Joker/Jesus/Saviour

        • John Whitman
          John Whitman  2 weeks back

          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

          • Mr Google
            Mr Google  2 weeks back

            that movie sucks

            • Kadir
              Kadir  1 weeks back

              like your life

          • dark jedi
            dark jedi  3 weeks back

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

            • Wilhelm Heinrich
              Wilhelm Heinrich  3 weeks back

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

              • Y.
                Y.  4 weeks back

                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 back

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

                  • Brum Man
                    Brum Man  1 months back

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

                    • nikodim
                      nikodim  1 months back

                      In my opinion, this movie is a stand alone masterpiece

                      • 이초록
                        이초록  1 months back

                        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 back

                          I feel like this character is a Pisces.

                          • Christiam disciple
                            Christiam disciple  1 months back

                            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 back

                              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 back

                                'Twas a great movie with the homicide! PARENTS SHALL NEVER PERMIT THEIR CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF SEVENTEEN [17 (XVII)] TO SEE AN R-RATED MOVIE.

                                • Dave Otuwa
                                  Dave Otuwa  1 months back

                                  'Twas the 1st-ever R-rated film I've ever seen at a cineplex. I loved it! Crazy with homicide!

                              • Bella55
                                Bella55  1 months back

                                True raw beauty!

                                • Gaitan
                                  Gaitan  1 months back

                                  Dear New York Times:
                                  Your News Paper is creepy.

                                  • Ross Gladen
                                    Ross Gladen  1 months back

                                    It’s not creepy it’s legendary

                                    • Nicole Titov
                                      Nicole Titov  2 months back

                                      Literally, this is beautiful.

                                      • Patrick Bertlein
                                        Patrick Bertlein  2 months back

                                        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  2 months back

                                          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  2 months back

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

                                            • Ather
                                              Ather  2 months back

                                              "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 😢💔

                                              • NiconachoZ Studio
                                                NiconachoZ Studio  2 months back


                                                • Youtuber27
                                                  Youtuber27  2 months back

                                                  One of the greatest scenes in film history.

                                                  • giada
                                                    giada  2 months back

                                                    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 back

                                                      Good decision to do the scene.

                                                      • Maverick jnr
                                                        Maverick jnr  2 months back

                                                        *I FELT THAT*

                                                        • phishydpak
                                                          phishydpak  2 months back

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

                                                          • Mediawatcher
                                                            Mediawatcher  2 months back

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

                                                            • AppalachianWolf
                                                              AppalachianWolf  2 months back

                                                              MSM: Why do people like this movie?

                                                              Us: You wouldn’t get it.

                                                              • ثوريا قاصري
                                                                ثوريا قاصري  2 months back

                                                                مـــين🥰 يـرحــــب🥰 بـي🥰 يــضـغط لايــــك🥰ويــــراســنـي خـاص واشـترك بقـــناتــــي

                                                                • Joaquin Shang
                                                                  Joaquin Shang  2 months back

                                                                  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 back

                                                                    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 ❤️

                                                                    • Angela Ziegler
                                                                      Angela Ziegler  2 months back

                                                                      @PokemonFan ok thank you ! I will watch it soon (definitely not this month bc my grandfather passed away today 💔 so I don’t feel like watching anything) but I’ll make sure to tell you what I think about it if I don’t forget.

                                                                    • PokemonFan
                                                                      PokemonFan  2 months back

                                                                      What? The movie isn't scary at all it's just disturbing at times.
                                                                      There's only one part where he scares someone but no the movie isn't scary at all.

                                                                  • Manus 623
                                                                    Manus 623  2 months back


                                                                    • Eric Dufrane
                                                                      Eric Dufrane  2 months back

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

                                                                      • Eric Dufrane
                                                                        Eric Dufrane  1 months back

                                                                        @musicfilmhead90 heck no

                                                                      • musicfilmhead90
                                                                        musicfilmhead90  2 months back

                                                                        Probably the music behind the imagery. Really makes the scene that much more powerful.

                                                                    • Jason H
                                                                      Jason H  2 months back

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

                                                                      • temper44
                                                                        temper44  2 months back

                                                                        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.

                                                                        • Jimmy Rustling
                                                                          Jimmy Rustling  2 months back

                                                                          I find it offensive that Joker is not a black woman. Like why does it have to be another white male?? eww

                                                                          • Recht_voor_zijn_raap
                                                                            Recht_voor_zijn_raap  2 months back

                                                                            *Joaquin Phoenix -- Oscar best male lead in the Joker..
                                                                            *Joe Pesci -- Oscar best male support role in The Irishman.
                                                                            If only this was a world where this justice would happen.
                                                                            But this is a society.

                                                                            • Paco Perez
                                                                              Paco Perez  2 months back

                                                                              MASTER PIECE

                                                                              • SevenSea
                                                                                SevenSea  2 months back

                                                                                This movie is truer than all the news you've published in last 5 years, New York Failing Times

                                                                                • L B
                                                                                  L B  3 months back

                                                                                  I shed tears to this scene

                                                                                  • Pavel Kopachinski
                                                                                    Pavel Kopachinski  3 months back

                                                                           - About the Joker have already released an online game, look!

                                                                                    • CadyGamer Pix
                                                                                      CadyGamer Pix  3 months back

                                                                                      Joker dancing:

                                                                                      Tik tok people: How men deal with stuff.

                                                                                      • Double Jeopardy
                                                                                        Double Jeopardy  3 months back

                                                                                        Joaquin was born in peuto rico 😮

                                                                                        • Jalal Shokouhi
                                                                                          Jalal Shokouhi  3 months back

                                                                                          God! This so freakin *Incredible* 😍