Joaquin Phoenix Thought Joker Should Be Heavier, but Lost the Argument

Brunilde Fioravanti
Settembre 11, 2019

EW's review of Joker took the unusual step of not grading the film, noting, "entertainment doesn't exist in a vacuum, and a movie with the message this one hammers home again and again - that life is nasty and short; that no one cares; that you might as well burn it all down - feels too volatile, and frankly too scary, to separate from the very real violence committed by young men like Joaquin Phoenix's Arthur Fleck in America nearly every day". My publicist said someone wants to give you an award and I said, 'I'm in. Phoenix didn't watch Heath Ledger or Jack Nicholson's performances to prepare.

He also thanked his father, praising him for instilling a strong work ethic within himself - although "Joker" director Todd Phillips might disagree, he added - and his mother for being "a constant source of inspiration". "And frankly, I don't care".

He described how, when he was 15, River "made me watch" a VHS copy of the Martin Scorsese / Robert DeNiro classic Raging Bull in an attempt to rekindle his love of acting.

"The first thing was the weight loss, that's really what I started with", Phoenix told Entertainment Tonight Canada. "But in the long run, I think he got it and appreciated it".

River Phoenix died of a drug overdose in 1993, aged 23. She previously talked about the movie's take on the villainous character.

Meryl Streep was joined on the red carpet by Antonio Banderas and Gary Oldman, who play the heads of the shady Panama law firm at the heart of the scandal, after it was exposed in 2016 for aiding tax evasion among the wealthy elite.

Fans will have to wait and see how they feel about the movie's portrayal.

Elsewhere Christian Bale and Matt Damon attended the star-studded premiere for "Ford v Ferrari" - the racing film known outside North America as "Le Mans '66".

Bale, who plays Ken Miles, said the legendary racer was "a man who is a dad, who is a husband and who is not a megalomaniac, who is living life at 230 miles an hour, not knowing if he can stop at the end of it".

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