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 • 3 895

  • Love GOD, Times Square Media Productions
    Love GOD, Times Square Media Productions  58 less than a minute back

    Anton river Hollywood producer, suffocating a sick woman because you were abused by a crazy boyfriend messes up the script there's no Poetic Justice there

    • blessie navarro
      blessie navarro  2 hours back

      This is my favorite scene....

      • Ishan Mishra
        Ishan Mishra  3 hours back

        Nope, beautiful.

        • Alvin Paul
          Alvin Paul  4 hours back

          I thought he was performing taichi

          • Mariam Abdul Basit
            Mariam Abdul Basit  6 hours back

            Actually, it wasn't creepy at all... good job there, JP :*

            • Stian Azarov
              Stian Azarov  7 hours back

              Lol i thought he was doing taichi

              • Kelly Xiong
                Kelly Xiong  7 hours back

                He better win an Oscar man! Great film!!!!

                • Thel4bel tlb
                  Thel4bel tlb  8 hours back

                  This is brilliant

                  • Kirstie Hiorns
                    Kirstie Hiorns  8 hours back

                    I haven't seen it. but I feel it's a sad and lonely depiction. the inspiration came from batman with jack the joker who was a delight in humor and the bizarre.
                    however this film could be an indulgence in suffering and the worst form of rejection from all you lovely people. so why do it. is it creative?
                    just an indulgence in suffering and that's why people walked out.

                    • Tony A
                      Tony A  9 hours back

                      Imagine when the curtains go up when he collects his oscar.

                      • Lil Chaos
                        Lil Chaos  7 hours back

                        I'm going to legit be crying

                    • Ryan C
                      Ryan C  9 hours back

                      Loved this scene

                      • jeonlyxoxo
                        jeonlyxoxo  10 hours back

                        I love this dance so much. I love how unpredictable the whole story is....

                        • Monica Duong
                          Monica Duong  12 hours back

                          Absolutely stunning

                          • i hates you
                            i hates you  16 hours back

                            This kind of dance in classic movement in land between malaysia and thailand.. we callit.. MAKYONG..

                            • Karthik Nagarajan
                              Karthik Nagarajan  17 hours back

                              This movie wonderfully shows how everybody are born kind and compassionate but bullied and broken down to seek refuge in indifference. This movie will have a profound impact on the way we look at the world and others. Everybody is battling against something. So take a moment to show some care and decency. This movie deserves Oscar.

                              • Techtrash games
                                Techtrash games  18 hours back

                                like a caterpillar out of its cocoon turning into a lush butterfly ... released and full.

                                • Amit Jadhav
                                  Amit Jadhav  18 hours back

                                  Honestly I didn't like this movie...

                                  • GtyMike
                                    GtyMike  19 hours back

                                    I should practice this dance for the Halloween party

                                    • aeon lincoln
                                      aeon lincoln  20 hours back

                                      0:52 So that's how you pronounce her name. :)

                                      • browneyeblues12
                                        browneyeblues12  20 hours back

                                        Why title it as 'creepy' tho? The dance is so much more than that...

                                        • Germs
                                          Germs  21 hours back

                                          I’ve always liked the joker better than Batman

                                          • Ian Longo
                                            Ian Longo  23 hours back

                                            I liked the scene but I think that it could be a little different. Like, Arthur goes into the bathroom, looks at the mirror like "what have I done" and stares at it for a moment and then starts to dance.

                                            • Uraia Lagidamudamu
                                              Uraia Lagidamudamu  1 days back

                                              I haven't even watched it yet but i'm already obsessed over it !

                                              • Jonah T
                                                Jonah T  1 days back

                                                This scene blew me away.

                                                • ASMR BUZZ Eng-Spa-Ita
                                                  ASMR BUZZ Eng-Spa-Ita  1 days back

                                                  It hasn't been good year for me, this movie is been like a gift to me. It's like I can feel miserably understood

                                                  • moongirl786
                                                    moongirl786  12 hours back

                                                    It's refreshing isn't it, to see depression and mental illness recognized, and especially the impact a cruel society can have. For me it was a bit surreal, as for me I was looking back on an earlier period in my life and wishing this had come out back then

                                                • dsvet
                                                  dsvet  1 days back

                                                  This "dance" was very Tai Chi ish I thought.

                                                  • Animez4u
                                                    Animez4u  1 days back

                                                    Hey people I usually don't ask for likes but help my comment get to the top if you can so others can see this and to also know bout JP past childhood as well. It's bout the dance scenes in the Joker. So basically like director said this whole scene is improvised cause they originally had the Joker come into the bathroom to clean himself up and then leave. But come to find out JP grew up in an poor family.

                                                    Well, not actually poor they was more so hippies during the 60s who ended up joining an cult and then moving to San Juan, Puerto Rico to grow and spread their cult there. But eventually they left cause the cult cause it wasn't good for there kids being around people like that.

                                                    So yes, JP isn't even American and he grew up with hippie parents which is why he's probably vegan. His family was poor since they was in an cult and had no where to live. So what they would do is have their kids (they had 5 all together one who died of drug OD) dance/be street performers to earn money so they can at least have an meal to eat by the end so they can eat as an family. So JP dancing in Joker comes from his past childhood and him having to dance on the streets of San Juan, Puerto Rico for food and money during the late 70s/80s.

                                                    I knew his dancing look like that of hippie dancing or dance moves from 70s/80s. I'm pretty sure Todd didn't bring this up since it's an family isusue for JP but man finding this out and seeing how he just dance at times as the Joker made him bring the character to life even more. Just search up JP tragic past here on YouTube or search it up. It's like an 10 min video bout his past and childhood here on YouTube.

                                                    • imnotwatchin
                                                      imnotwatchin  1 days back

                                                      And So, JOKER is born !

                                                      • What you lookin at
                                                        What you lookin at  1 days back

                                                        it's called Tai Chi

                                                        • Kinto \\》
                                                          Kinto \\》  1 days back

                                                          My goodness, the Joker movie will leave a mark in our history!! What a Masterpiece !!

                                                          • Shadow
                                                            Shadow  1 days back

                                                            This is Michael Jacksons smooth criminal regurgitated Hollywood is out of ideas

                                                            • Jesse Enrique
                                                              Jesse Enrique  1 days back

                                                              It's like he's doing Qigong and all that energy is being directed into his new persona

                                                              • xiomana xoxoxo
                                                                xiomana xoxoxo  1 days back


                                                                • ninnoseven
                                                                  ninnoseven  1 days back

                                                                  Wasn't great. Wasn't terrible. Definitely strange. Keep in mind. This is the Joker.. The freaking Joker.. They made him a normal, everyday, washout that happens to be psychotic. Gave him a 38 and face paint. Dropped ball....

                                                                  • Brion McManus
                                                                    Brion McManus  1 days back

                                                                    Not since Clark Gable, Gone with the Wind is this going to be a slam dunk winner for the 2019 Academy Award!

                                                                    • Alex Riley
                                                                      Alex Riley  1 days back

                                                                      I thought he was doing tai chi

                                                                      • Linda Dawn
                                                                        Linda Dawn  1 days back

                                                                        Bigoted comments published by NYT are disgusting.

                                                                        • e creative
                                                                          e creative  1 days back


                                                                          • Carito L
                                                                            Carito L  1 days back

                                                                            Marvelous scene👏🏼One of my favorites too.
                                                                            I think, in a couple of years Joaquin can become a director as well.

                                                                            • Erod
                                                                              Erod  1 days back


                                                                              • mellow magic
                                                                                mellow magic  1 days back

                                                                                Looks like he was doing a Joker version of tai chi.

                                                                                • jorge 88
                                                                                  jorge 88  1 days back

                                                                                  I want a movie about El diablos origin story you know the fire guy from suicide squad man suicide squad was a trash movie tho

                                                                                  • Odysseus
                                                                                    Odysseus  2 days back

                                                                                    Not creepy... But beautiful.

                                                                                    • Star Lah
                                                                                      Star Lah  2 days back

                                                                                      The dancing in this scene is phenomal...beautiful, mesmerising...

                                                                                      • SOFTSHALLOW
                                                                                        SOFTSHALLOW  2 days back

                                                                                        What makes me happy Gary Glitter will not be getting royalties from the film for the song Rock n Roll part 2 because he does not have the rights to it anymore.

                                                                                        • Conner Grant
                                                                                          Conner Grant  2 days back

                                                                                          "Nothing can hurt me anymore." - Joker

                                                                                          • LoRd HuMunGuS
                                                                                            LoRd HuMunGuS  2 days back

                                                                                            Birth of Joker in that scene

                                                                                            • MbTheGreat
                                                                                              MbTheGreat  2 days back

                                                                                              he really dropped a gun in a CHILDRENS hospital and told a child “shh” 🤣🤣