Joaquin Phoenix discusses preparing for role in ‘Joker’

Joaquin Phoenix discusses preparing for role in ‘Joker’

Speaking with Variety at the Venice Film Festival, Phoenix said that by sidestepping past iterations of the supervillain, it allowed him and director Todd Phillips a lot of freedom to redefine the iconic comic book foe and nearly create him anew.

"And, as it turns out, that then affects your psychology".

Early reactions for Joker movie post the screening is finally in and critics strongly believe that Phoenix's performance, which is being hailed as a unique take on the arch-nemesis character, is truly Oscar-worthy.

But Phoenix said he did not "refer to past iterations" of the character, who first appeared as a mischievous Batman foe in comics in the 1940s.

But the cackle was just one component of the character Phoenix was trying to create during filming - which he said changed nearly daily.

Phoenix described the cackle he created for the character as "something that´s nearly painful".

Joaquin Phoenix discusses preparing for role in ‘Joker’

"The first thing for us was the weightloss - I think that's really what I started with", he told The Hollywood Reporter at a Venice Film Festival press conference. [Arthur is] so hard to define and you don't really want to define him. I emerged from the cinema as if pole-axed, and I wasn't alone.

"It's really exciting because it's one of the first from DC that's not your typical superhero super villain movie, it's really much more of a character study", Ariston Anderson, global correspondent at the Hollywood Reporter, said. "It just felt like something that was our creation in some ways". It was really uncomfortable. "Throughout the course of shooting it felt like every day we were discovering new parts of his personality, up until the very last day", said Phoenix.

Opening up about his character, Phoenix said that late actor Heath Ledger, who also essayed the role of Joker in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight, did not influence him.

"Joker" is one of 21 films competing for the Golden Lion in the main selection of the 76th Venice Film Festival, running on August 28-Sept.

Joker is a thunderously highly effective character research of a person with a psychological sickness, and a ferocious indictment of a society that doesn't deal with the mentally ailing with the identical compassion it reveals to, say, most cancers victims. We thought this could be an exciting approach to this genre.

While audiences at the festival have already seen the movie, the rest of us will have to wait until it hits theaters on October 4.

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