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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  • Γιώργος Γραμματικάκης

    Τhe joker movie has a social and political character that punches the establishment. The movie touched me a lot.

    • Daniel Gallimore
      Daniel Gallimore  5 hours back

      I loved this movie and i will see it a second time

      • AcCeSsDeNiEd65
        AcCeSsDeNiEd65  8 hours back

        I want to see joker dance on stairs again!

        • U U
          U U  8 hours back

          This Is a Masterpiece! You need to Have Every Scene in the Movie with Thought Contained Inside. Not Showing hundreds of Superheros just to Fill up the Screen.

          • Aleksandar Ilijasevic
            Aleksandar Ilijasevic  8 hours back

            Who care about the Oscar, everybody knows this is outstanding acting performance

            • qυєєη lєкα
              qυєєη lєкα  9 hours back

              Isn’t it Tai Chi?

              • rose rose
                rose rose  10 hours back


                • Warganet Ganteng
                  Warganet Ganteng  13 hours back

                  I believe this dancing scene already become a cult classic

                  • DEAD POOL
                    DEAD POOL  14 hours back

                    Joker begin

                    • Love GOD, Times Square Media Productions

                      Anton river Hollywood producer, suffocating a sick woman because you were abused by a crazy boyfriend messes up the script there's no Poetic Justice there

                      • blessie navarro
                        blessie navarro  17 hours back

                        This is my favorite scene....

                        • Ishan Mishra
                          Ishan Mishra  17 hours back

                          Nope, beautiful.

                          • Alvin Paul
                            Alvin Paul  19 hours back

                            I thought he was performing taichi

                            • Mariam Abdul Basit
                              Mariam Abdul Basit  21 hours back

                              Actually, it wasn't creepy at all... good job there, JP :*

                              • Stian Azarov
                                Stian Azarov  21 hours back

                                Lol i thought he was doing taichi

                                • Kelly Xiong
                                  Kelly Xiong  22 hours back

                                  He better win an Oscar man! Great film!!!!

                                  • Thel4bel tlb
                                    Thel4bel tlb  23 hours back

                                    This is brilliant

                                    • Kirstie Hiorns
                                      Kirstie Hiorns  23 hours back

                                      I haven't seen it. but I feel it's a sad and lonely depiction. the inspiration came from batman with jack the joker who was a delight in humor and the bizarre.
                                      however this film could be an indulgence in suffering and the worst form of rejection from all you lovely people. so why do it. is it creative?
                                      just an indulgence in suffering and that's why people walked out.

                                      • Tony A
                                        Tony A  24 hours back

                                        Imagine when the curtains go up when he collects his oscar.

                                        • Lil Chaos
                                          Lil Chaos  22 hours back

                                          I'm going to legit be crying

                                      • Ryan C
                                        Ryan C  24 hours back

                                        Loved this scene

                                        • jeonlyxoxo
                                          jeonlyxoxo  1 days back

                                          I love this dance so much. I love how unpredictable the whole story is....

                                          • Monica Duong
                                            Monica Duong  1 days back

                                            Absolutely stunning

                                            • i hates you
                                              i hates you  1 days back

                                              This kind of dance in classic movement in land between malaysia and thailand.. we callit.. MAKYONG..

                                              • Karthik Nagarajan
                                                Karthik Nagarajan  1 days back

                                                This movie wonderfully shows how everybody are born kind and compassionate but bullied and broken down to seek refuge in indifference. This movie will have a profound impact on the way we look at the world and others. Everybody is battling against something. So take a moment to show some care and decency. This movie deserves Oscar.

                                                • Techtrash games
                                                  Techtrash games  1 days back

                                                  like a caterpillar out of its cocoon turning into a lush butterfly ... released and full.

                                                  • Amit Jadhav
                                                    Amit Jadhav  1 days back

                                                    Honestly I didn't like this movie...

                                                    • GtyMike
                                                      GtyMike  1 days back

                                                      I should practice this dance for the Halloween party

                                                      • aeon lincoln
                                                        aeon lincoln  1 days back

                                                        0:52 So that's how you pronounce her name. :)

                                                        • browneyeblues12
                                                          browneyeblues12  1 days back

                                                          Why title it as 'creepy' tho? The dance is so much more than that...

                                                          • Germs
                                                            Germs  2 days back

                                                            I’ve always liked the joker better than Batman

                                                            • Ian Longo
                                                              Ian Longo  2 days back

                                                              I liked the scene but I think that it could be a little different. Like, Arthur goes into the bathroom, looks at the mirror like "what have I done" and stares at it for a moment and then starts to dance.

                                                              • Uraia Lagidamudamu
                                                                Uraia Lagidamudamu  2 days back

                                                                I haven't even watched it yet but i'm already obsessed over it !

                                                                • Jonah T
                                                                  Jonah T  2 days back

                                                                  This scene blew me away.

                                                                  • ASMR BUZZ Eng-Spa-Ita
                                                                    ASMR BUZZ Eng-Spa-Ita  2 days back

                                                                    It hasn't been good year for me, this movie is been like a gift to me. It's like I can feel miserably understood

                                                                    • moongirl786
                                                                      moongirl786  1 days back

                                                                      It's refreshing isn't it, to see depression and mental illness recognized, and especially the impact a cruel society can have. For me it was a bit surreal, as for me I was looking back on an earlier period in my life and wishing this had come out back then

                                                                  • dsvet
                                                                    dsvet  2 days back

                                                                    This "dance" was very Tai Chi ish I thought.

                                                                    • Animez4u
                                                                      Animez4u  2 days back

                                                                      Hey people I usually don't ask for likes but help my comment get to the top if you can so others can see this and to also know bout JP past childhood as well. It's bout the dance scenes in the Joker. So basically like director said this whole scene is improvised cause they originally had the Joker come into the bathroom to clean himself up and then leave. But come to find out JP grew up in an poor family.

                                                                      Well, not actually poor they was more so hippies during the 60s who ended up joining an cult and then moving to San Juan, Puerto Rico to grow and spread their cult there. But eventually they left cause the cult cause it wasn't good for there kids being around people like that.

                                                                      So yes, JP isn't even American and he grew up with hippie parents which is why he's probably vegan. His family was poor since they was in an cult and had no where to live. So what they would do is have their kids (they had 5 all together one who died of drug OD) dance/be street performers to earn money so they can at least have an meal to eat by the end so they can eat as an family. So JP dancing in Joker comes from his past childhood and him having to dance on the streets of San Juan, Puerto Rico for food and money during the late 70s/80s.

                                                                      I knew his dancing look like that of hippie dancing or dance moves from 70s/80s. I'm pretty sure Todd didn't bring this up since it's an family isusue for JP but man finding this out and seeing how he just dance at times as the Joker made him bring the character to life even more. Just search up JP tragic past here on YouTube or search it up. It's like an 10 min video bout his past and childhood here on YouTube.

                                                                      • imnotwatchin
                                                                        imnotwatchin  2 days back

                                                                        And So, JOKER is born !

                                                                        • What you lookin at
                                                                          What you lookin at  2 days back

                                                                          it's called Tai Chi

                                                                          • Kinto \\》
                                                                            Kinto \\》  2 days back

                                                                            My goodness, the Joker movie will leave a mark in our history!! What a Masterpiece !!

                                                                            • Shadow
                                                                              Shadow  2 days back

                                                                              This is Michael Jacksons smooth criminal regurgitated Hollywood is out of ideas

                                                                              • Jesse Enrique
                                                                                Jesse Enrique  2 days back

                                                                                It's like he's doing Qigong and all that energy is being directed into his new persona

                                                                                • xiomana xoxoxo
                                                                                  xiomana xoxoxo  2 days back


                                                                                  • ninnoseven
                                                                                    ninnoseven  2 days back

                                                                                    Wasn't great. Wasn't terrible. Definitely strange. Keep in mind. This is the Joker.. The freaking Joker.. They made him a normal, everyday, washout that happens to be psychotic. Gave him a 38 and face paint. Dropped ball....

                                                                                    • Brion McManus
                                                                                      Brion McManus  2 days back

                                                                                      Not since Clark Gable, Gone with the Wind is this going to be a slam dunk winner for the 2019 Academy Award!

                                                                                      • Alex Riley
                                                                                        Alex Riley  2 days back

                                                                                        I thought he was doing tai chi

                                                                                        • Linda Dawn
                                                                                          Linda Dawn  2 days back

                                                                                          Bigoted comments published by NYT are disgusting.

                                                                                          • e creative
                                                                                            e creative  2 days back


                                                                                            • Carito L
                                                                                              Carito L  2 days back

                                                                                              Marvelous scene👏🏼One of my favorites too.
                                                                                              I think, in a couple of years Joaquin can become a director as well.