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

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  • Published on Oct 7, 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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  • djjlc
    djjlc 3 hours ago

    It’s one of the most beautiful scenes in a movie I’ve ever scene and I’ve watched a lot of movies

  • Mucky Manzatti
    Mucky Manzatti 6 hours ago

    No woman could ever perform like this.

    • Jaana Viit
      Jaana Viit 4 hours ago

      @Mucky Manzatti Its OK.... Take it easy.... One love brother!

    • Mucky Manzatti
      Mucky Manzatti 4 hours ago

      @Jaana Viit Awwe...truth hurts sweetheart.

    • Jaana Viit
      Jaana Viit 4 hours ago

      Seriously that is not relevant... and also not true...

  • Anna Ashleyshone
    Anna Ashleyshone 8 hours ago

    I don’t know why I remember this scene the most cleary and why I feel so impressed.
    I even listened to the Bathroom dance over and over.
    Now I know why. Beautiful just like a bird escaping the cage and spread their wings for the first time.

  • Ni Ro
    Ni Ro 12 hours ago

    His interpretation is indeed brilliant

  • Jenny Sheekey
    Jenny Sheekey 14 hours ago

    This scene was Amazing

  • Luciano
    Luciano 15 hours ago

    What a masterpiece in Acting. Such a Sad story. Is probably one of the most disturbing movies I have ever watched.

  • Eric Thompson
    Eric Thompson 19 hours ago

    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 Day ago

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

  • ThePsychopompos1

    Most amazing movie this century.

  • James Gatsby
    James Gatsby Day ago

    It was beautiful.

  • Joker Motorcycle

    Best joker movie 🎥 👏🌹

  • strom trooper
    strom trooper Day ago

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

  • Avalanche
    Avalanche Day ago

    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 2 days ago

    Great performance beautiful man

  • badopinionsrighthere

    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 2 days ago +1

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

  • Juan Cortez
    Juan Cortez 2 days ago

    Like Apocalypse Now.

  • Gold
    Gold 2 days ago +5

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

  • Kräuterseuche
    Kräuterseuche 2 days ago

    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 ago +6

    Imagine Jared Leto doing this scene. lol

    • Ruben Hernandez
      Ruben Hernandez 2 hours ago

      Watch Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers club. He can do wonders in the right environment.

    • Warlock
      Warlock 9 hours ago

      @task master He tried to cancel the Joker movie

    • task master
      task master Day ago +1

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

    • Vince E
      Vince E Day ago +3

      @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 Day ago +2

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

  • Stas
    Stas 2 days ago +13

    The movie is a masterpiece - bewitching and overwhelming!

    • Stas
      Stas 16 hours ago +1

      @Francesca Mezzi 100% agree! :)

    • Francesca Mezzi
      Francesca Mezzi 16 hours ago +1

      100% agree. Outstanding in every way a movie can be.

  • Azimin Shafie
    Azimin Shafie 2 days ago

    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 ago

    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 ago +1

    Joker is good.

  • Task Don
    Task Don 2 days ago

    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 ago

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

  • kay jones
    kay jones 2 days ago

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

  • Best Gmn
    Best Gmn 2 days ago

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

  • docdurdin
    docdurdin 2 days ago

    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 ago +1

    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 3 days ago

    This is better titled
    " joker does qi gong"🙃

  • MALi Moor
    MALi Moor 3 days ago

    The dance of change.

  • PITUFINA
    PITUFINA 3 days ago

    Masterpiece Phoenix !!! Hopefully will win the Oscar

  • Chris Mequet
    Chris Mequet 3 days ago

    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 ago +3

    Wanna hear a joke?
    Joker 68%
    Batwoman 69%

    • task master
      task master Day ago +1

      That perfectly represent "society"

    • the shuriken
      the shuriken Day ago +3

      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 ago

    Genius ♡

  • Day One
    Day One 3 days ago +12

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

  • David P
    David P 3 days ago +1

    Ever dance with the Devil in the pale bathroom light?

  • Mohammad Albeshari
    Mohammad Albeshari 3 days ago

    I love this movie

  • oshitomaha
    oshitomaha 3 days ago

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

  • A P
    A P 4 days ago +1

    Nothing creepy about his dance
    It’s quite beautiful... like tai chi

  • Venom
    Venom 4 days ago

    Venom Vs Joker?
    #Venom

  • Bray Bay
    Bray Bay 4 days ago +2

    Joaquin as Joker as Thom Yorke in Lotus Flower.

  • Leontief Modell
    Leontief Modell 4 days ago +10

    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 ago

    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 ago

    Capolavoro assoluto

  • monai
    monai 4 days ago

    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 ago +4

    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

    Unfortunately it's very relatable for me.

  • southpakrules
    southpakrules 4 days ago

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

  • Jeffrey Baker
    Jeffrey Baker 5 days ago

    I think the most pivotal and important scenes in the movie

  • Richard Miller
    Richard Miller 5 days ago

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

  • Betelgeuse
    Betelgeuse 5 days ago +2

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

  • Germanas Pancerovas
    Germanas Pancerovas 5 days ago

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

  • storyofwill
    storyofwill 5 days ago

    I love the joker dancing scene!!

  • Desi Areros
    Desi Areros 5 days ago

    is like jaipong dancer from indonesia

  • Hi_Frankie
    Hi_Frankie 5 days ago

    Why "a little less than the next time we see him dance"? Why wouldn't any dance after this dance be still 100% joker?

  • Patricia Canton
    Patricia Canton 5 days ago

    Thats whats called perfection

  • Hawk
    Hawk 5 days ago +13

    This movie was so different and exciting. Joaquin deserves an Oscar. 🌟