Joaquin Phoenix has opened up about his upcoming role in the Joker origin movie from director Todd Phillips, revealing that it took him a lot of time to decide whether or not to accept the role.
Speaking to Collider, Phoenix said that what ultimately convinced him to sign on was the chance to get to work with Phillips, who he says has a unique vision for the project. Also, the idea of playing the Joker is something that “scares” Phoenix so much, he couldn’t resist.
“I think he’s [Phillips] very impressive and he seems to have a very interesting understanding of this world and what he’s trying to say,” said Phoenix. “And so there is something very appealing about that and working with him on this particular project. It feels unique, it is its own world in some ways, and maybe, mostly, it scares the f—ing s–t out of me or something. It might as well be the thing that scares you the most.”
Phoenix also discussed how the movie will be different from other superhero movies, even hinting that it won’t be connected to the larger DCEU.
“I wouldn’t quite classify this as like any genre,” Phoenix said. “I wouldn’t say it’s a superhero movie, or a studio movie or a … It feels unique, and I think more then anything, and probably the most important thing, is Todd seems very passionate about it and very giving, and so that’s exciting.”
And hey, if a Joaquin Phoenix Joker movie isn’t your thing, Jared Leto is still getting his Joker standalone movie. It’s all Joker, all the time at DC these days, after all.
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