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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Comments • 4 177

  • Romey the Siamese Kitten CK

    He’s been thru a lot in his unconventional life. Mental disorders come in handy for this role.

    • prosimulate
      prosimulate  3 days back

      Oscars will be a Joke if Joker is not selected as the Best Film and Phoenix Best Actor.

      • Robert Ace
        Robert Ace  3 days back

        It's a Tai Chi dance, or a trance at least how it looks like to me. The cello sets the mood, so wonderfully.

        • Overbelaste Belastingbetaler

          Most memorable scene, after cinema i had to look it up.

          • Venomous 17
            Venomous 17  4 days back

            Hey Todd you are a legend

            • Kristufar Burhtun
              Kristufar Burhtun  4 days back

              Just watched this at the cinema and I can't wait to buy it.
              I've bought 1 video in all my life (the matrix) and I just can't can't wait.

              Let that sink in.

              • Snikes
                Snikes  4 days back

                The New York Times
                : Creepy Dance in ‘Joker’
                Me: Masterpiece Dance Scene in ‘Joker’

                • nerdysans 19
                  nerdysans 19  4 days back

                  i felt bad and wanted to cry for joker

                  • Justin Seward
                    Justin Seward  5 days back

                    Went to see this movie, was disappointed I didn’t get killed by a white guy

                    • tricia k.
                      tricia k.  5 days back

                      I love this...the way the movie and the character with his story was build was that you all had an intentional artistic approach to the movie. It really was an emotional movie to watch.

                      • Robin Austin
                        Robin Austin  5 days back

                        Movie Of The Year !! Oscar Worthy For Joaquin Phoenix!! This Movie Is a Master Peace!!

                        • DCnez Markovia
                          DCnez Markovia  6 days back

                          For the win


                          • WinterBby M
                            WinterBby M  6 days back

                            This scene was ICONIC. Author dies and Joker is born

                            • deano dog
                              deano dog  6 days back

                              Tremendous movie , a sign of the times !

                              • Claire Bailey
                                Claire Bailey  6 days back

                                Joaquin and Todd together = Oscar material

                                • Jacqueline62
                                  Jacqueline62  6 days back

                                  Chef d'oeuvre !

                                  • MovieMad Entertainment, LLC

                                    To me, the creepiest dance was when he was standing behind the curtain on the Murray Franklin show.

                                    • jacare bravo
                                      jacare bravo  7 days back

                                      *Beautiful 🖤🥀*

                                      • jan Kristiansen
                                        jan Kristiansen  1 weeks back

                                        Too hig on drugs there?😅 edit maybe a flashback.

                                        • Meryam
                                          Meryam  1 weeks back

                                          The music is this scene, seems like something I heard in The Game of thrones!!

                                          • YTGIRL
                                            YTGIRL  1 weeks back

                                            Our generation has been marked by this masterpiece.
                                            Joaquim Foenix, I respect you, I love u

                                            I cried a lot after watching Joker. ❤️👏🏼🙌

                                            • brian janson
                                              brian janson  1 weeks back

                                              This is how art is made.

                                              • Amit K
                                                Amit K  1 weeks back

                                                And the old Chinese men in park be like..

                                                • Fedra 333
                                                  Fedra 333  1 weeks back

                                                  It's not creepy

                                                  • Aji faris
                                                    Aji faris  1 weeks back


                                                    • Noel G
                                                      Noel G  1 weeks back

                                                      Everyone's getting a piece of the Joker

                                                      • Cherry Cherry
                                                        Cherry Cherry  1 weeks back

                                                        Joaquin deserves 10 Oskars!!!!

                                                        • Jayson Black
                                                          Jayson Black  1 weeks back

                                                          I dunno what to say. Type delete, type delete, type delete. I love Joaquin Phoenix. There is most certainly a method to his madness. I say that in the most respectful way possible

                                                          • maalicia73
                                                            maalicia73  2 weeks back

                                                            He is just doing tai chi...Lol

                                                            • Mr. Northman
                                                              Mr. Northman  2 weeks back

                                                              Composers should get more attention than they do. This scene would not be as great as it is with the wrong kind of music. And this composer really nailed it.

                                                              • Peter Lane
                                                                Peter Lane  2 weeks back

                                                                I saw this film and laughed so much, Ive met real people like Arthur in crack houses !

                                                                • Victor Silva
                                                                  Victor Silva  2 weeks back

                                                                  Already a cult film. A masterpiece. Along with Taxi Driver this is one of the best psychodrama films ever made. Actually i believe Arthur's character was more challenging to portray than Travis Bickle.

                                                                  • Bernardo Carpio
                                                                    Bernardo Carpio  2 weeks back

                                                                    I WANT JOKER 2.0

                                                                    • Jose Contreras
                                                                      Jose Contreras  2 weeks back

                                                                      Joaquin: I didn't even really know if I deserved an Oscar, but I do, and people are starting to notice.

                                                                      • Touhoulicious
                                                                        Touhoulicious  2 weeks back

                                                                        _Arthur was gone._
                                                                        _Another one was there... The Joker._

                                                                        • Ali 62
                                                                          Ali 62  2 weeks back

                                                                          Super movie also you need to hearing very carefully all dialogues

                                                                          • Brandon Dominguez
                                                                            Brandon Dominguez  2 weeks back

                                                                            White people things.

                                                                            • NY Carol
                                                                              NY Carol  2 weeks back

                                                                              I truly believe the theory that Joker (the character) is like a spirit or an energy that takes over the actor playing him, for a period of time of course. And it never fails, it's always weird in his own unique way.

                                                                              • BOV
                                                                                BOV  2 weeks back

                                                                                Had to go see this today, on Halloween, finally!!!! How can anyone compete with Joaquin next Oscars? Just hand it over. He’s brilliant!! 🎃

                                                                                • joker190 club
                                                                                  joker190 club  2 weeks back


                                                                                  • Mysticpersia Ab
                                                                                    Mysticpersia Ab  2 weeks back

                                                                                    Oscar doesnt deserve Joaquin. Joaquin deserves more than the Oscar.

                                                                                    • wattiskath pi
                                                                                      wattiskath pi  6 days back

                                                                                      give him the whole schindlers rest list
                                                                                      jojorabbit likes that kind of food

                                                                                  • David Martinez
                                                                                    David Martinez  2 weeks back

                                                                                    I love this Seen it was Genius i love that the Joker Dances its like he is Celebrating with a Dance

                                                                                    • B Stephens
                                                                                      B Stephens  2 weeks back


                                                                                      • Eddie Rivera
                                                                                        Eddie Rivera  2 weeks back

                                                                                        JP is a great actor!!!

                                                                                        • Anita SIEGLER
                                                                                          Anita SIEGLER  2 weeks back

                                                                                          What a grace!!!!! it is Moving….<3

                                                                                          • Sudha
                                                                                            Sudha  2 weeks back

                                                                                            It's not creepy . ..the dance is a masterly enactment of the ugly face of the World.

                                                                                            • issystar96
                                                                                              issystar96  2 weeks back

                                                                                              What a truly astounding, haunting, vulnerable, painful performance. This movie is dynamic!