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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  • Kristufar Burhtun
    Kristufar Burhtun  2 hours 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  2 hours back

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

      • nerdysans 19
        nerdysans 19  11 hours back

        i felt bad and wanted to cry for joker

        • Justin Seward
          Justin Seward  21 hours back

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

          • tricia k.
            tricia k.  1 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  1 days back

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

              • DCnez Markovia
                DCnez Markovia  2 days back

                For the win


                • WinterBby M
                  WinterBby M  2 days back

                  This scene was ICONIC. Author dies and Joker is born

                  • deano dog
                    deano dog  2 days back

                    Tremendous movie , a sign of the times !

                    • Claire Bailey
                      Claire Bailey  2 days back

                      Joaquin and Todd together = Oscar material

                      • Jacqueline62
                        Jacqueline62  2 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  3 days back

                            *Beautiful 🖤🥀*

                            • jan Kristiansen
                              jan Kristiansen  4 days back

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

                              • Meryam
                                Meryam  4 days back

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

                                • YTGIRL
                                  YTGIRL  5 days 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  5 days back

                                    This is how art is made.

                                    • Amit K
                                      Amit K  5 days back

                                      And the old Chinese men in park be like..

                                      • Fedra 333
                                        Fedra 333  5 days back

                                        It's not creepy

                                        • Aji faris
                                          Aji faris  6 days back


                                          • Noel G
                                            Noel G  6 days back

                                            Everyone's getting a piece of the Joker

                                            • Cherry Cherry
                                              Cherry Cherry  6 days back

                                              Joaquin deserves 10 Oskars!!!!

                                              • Jayson Black
                                                Jayson Black  7 days 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  7 days back

                                                  He is just doing tai chi...Lol

                                                  • Mr. Northman
                                                    Mr. Northman  1 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  1 weeks back

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

                                                      • Victor Silva
                                                        Victor Silva  1 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  1 weeks back

                                                          I WANT JOKER 2.0

                                                          • Jose Contreras
                                                            Jose Contreras  1 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  1 weeks back

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

                                                              • Ali 62
                                                                Ali 62  1 weeks back

                                                                Super movie also you need to hearing very carefully all dialogues

                                                                • Brandon Dominguez
                                                                  Brandon Dominguez  1 weeks back

                                                                  White people things.

                                                                  • NY Carol
                                                                    NY Carol  1 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  2 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!

                                                                                    • aviva levi
                                                                                      aviva levi  2 weeks back

                                                                                      It looks just like Taichi....i love the acting and enjoyd this movie very in all the movies when Joaquin Phoenix acts its fabulous..🌹🌷💐😍

                                                                                      • welcome to derry
                                                                                        welcome to derry  2 weeks back

                                                                                        Bottom line he needs an award for his performance! I watched it in awe of his acting. He pulled me in and I was not prepared for this movie and had no idea what to expect. I was glued to it the entire time. I must say rarely do you see acting on this level. Really you just dont. I'll be watching in again soon.

                                                                                        • talkttalk2010
                                                                                          talkttalk2010  2 weeks back

                                                                                          Todd Philips HAS to get best director and good luck to anyone hoping for best actor

                                                                                          • Campos
                                                                                            Campos  2 weeks back

                                                                                            Where is this bathroom located.?

                                                                                            • joe gongora
                                                                                              joe gongora  2 weeks back

                                                                                              As the dance on fire starts the character of the Joker emerges...As a Metamorphoses takes shape for a new birth to take place. The Joker has emerged Cos you all were the ones that me... I don't apologize for anyone..
                                                                                              It just happens to be a new day. Time to start living and to make it happen.