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

  • Published on:  Monday, October 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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  • José Luis Fuentes Manrique

    José Luis Fuentes Manrique

     18 minutes ago

    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

     4 hours ago

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

  • ThePsychopompos1


     9 hours ago

    Most amazing movie this century.

  • James Gatsby

    James Gatsby

     9 hours ago

    It was beautiful.

  • Joker Motorcycle

    Joker Motorcycle

     9 hours ago

    Best joker movie 🎥 👏🌹

  • strom trooper

    strom trooper

     10 hours ago

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

  • Avalanche


     16 hours 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


    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

     yesterday +1

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

  • Juan Cortez

    Juan Cortez


    Like Apocalypse Now.

  • Gold


     yesterday +1

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

  • Kräuterseuche



    This doesn't feel creepy to me. It gets this special feeling of " Oh wow, this is some deep ship."

  • Vince E

    Vince E

     yesterday +3

    Imagine Jared Leto doing this scene. lol

  • Stas


     yesterday +3

    The movie is a masterpiece - bewitching and overwhelming!

  • Azimin Shafie

    Azimin Shafie


    Honestly, any actor who can play batman and win an oscar will be the best actor of all time.

  • MM M

    MM M


    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


     yesterday +1

    Joker is good.

  • Task Don

    Task Don


    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


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