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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  • BeeHugger 7
    BeeHugger 7  2 hours back

    This is better titled
    " joker does qi gong"🙃

    • MALi Moor
      MALi Moor  2 hours back

      The dance of change.

      • PITUFINA
        PITUFINA  3 hours back

        Masterpiece Phoenix !!! Hopefully will win the Oscar

        • Chris Mequet
          Chris Mequet  6 hours back

          I wish that Todd waited like 1 more week to talk about the behind the scenes stuff. Only for the simple fact that some people might have not seen this before watching the movie.

          • Simple Figure
            Simple Figure  10 hours back

            Wanna hear a joke?

            Joker 68%
            Batwoman 69%

            • guritza80
              guritza80  15 hours back

              Genius ♡

              • Day One
                Day One  16 hours back

                This is THE best movie of 2019 ! Bring in the oscars

                • David P
                  David P  17 hours back

                  Ever dance with the Devil in the pale bathroom light?

                  • Mohammad Albeshari
                    Mohammad Albeshari  18 hours back

                    I love this movie

                    • oshitomaha
                      oshitomaha  21 hours back

                      I thought “martial arts” at first when I was at a theater.

                      • A P
                        A P  1 days back

                        Nothing creepy about his dance

                        It’s quite beautiful... like tai chi

                        • Venom
                          Venom  1 days back

                          Venom Vs Joker?

                          • Bray Bay
                            Bray Bay  1 days back

                            Joaquin as Joker as Thom Yorke in Lotus Flower.

                            • Leontief Modell
                              Leontief Modell  1 days back

                              That was one of the most striking scenes of the movies, to me.

                              All alone by himself, able to express something he would never express when being surrounded by other people, in a way venting his sanity and pulling in the madness through his almost ballet-like dance moves. It's like when you've hit the right amount of drunkenness, where you feel everything upped to 11 and don't feel drunk yet. So intimate. The haunting cello soundtrack, as well as the lighting and particularly the camera work, make this such a special moment. When everything just aligns perfectly.

                              When I walked out of the theater a week ago I said to my friends:"What you have just witnessed is a performance you only get to see every 10-20 years. We can really feel blessed to have seen this."

                              • Martin Macdonald
                                Martin Macdonald  1 days back

                                Critics say: Joker is a derivative mess that glorifies violence
                                Critics think: Woke orthodoxy dictates that mentally-ill white males shall have no help or sympathy, fathers are not necessary in their children's lives, eat-the-rich is a noble goal, it's all Trump's fault. I'd better pan this masterpiece.

                                • Giusy Anastasi
                                  Giusy Anastasi  2 days back

                                  Capolavoro assoluto

                                  • monai
                                    monai  2 days back

                                    I saw this scene and the first word that came to mind was "glory." In this particular moment, I feel like the "Joker" was born. Those larger than life movements AND the way he revels at himself in the mirror, ugh, just brilliant.

                                    • Adeline
                                      Adeline  2 days back

                                      This movie is so good that I'm seriously a little scared of knowing too much about it but still I wanna know more about it

                                      • Elaine Clements Finn
                                        Elaine Clements Finn  2 days back

                                        Unfortunately it's very relatable for me.

                                        • southpakrules
                                          southpakrules  2 days back

                                          Joker Critics score 69%
                                          Ghostbusters 2016 Critics score 74%.
                                          I'll just leave it at that.

                                          • Jeffrey Baker
                                            Jeffrey Baker  2 days back

                                            I think the most pivotal and important scenes in the movie

                                            • Richard Miller
                                              Richard Miller  2 days back

                                              Hey! Did your columnist making this into some white racist story get his diaper changed yet?

                                              • Ragnarok
                                                Ragnarok  2 days back

                                                IMO, his weird dances signifies the birth and liberation of the narcissist within.

                                                • Germanas Pancerovas
                                                  Germanas Pancerovas  2 days back

                                                  it s noy creepy dance, it s a meditation dance they practice as therapy in menatl hospitals

                                                  • storyofwill
                                                    storyofwill  2 days back

                                                    I love the joker dancing scene!!

                                                    • Desi Areros
                                                      Desi Areros  2 days back

                                                      is like jaipong dancer from indonesia

                                                      • Hi_Frankie
                                                        Hi_Frankie  3 days back

                                                        Why "a little less than the next time we see him dance"? Why wouldn't any dance after this dance be still 100% joker?

                                                        • Patricia Canton
                                                          Patricia Canton  3 days back

                                                          Thats whats called perfection

                                                          • Hawk
                                                            Hawk  3 days back

                                                            This movie was so different and exciting. Joaquin deserves an Oscar. 🌟

                                                            • megane verard
                                                              megane verard  3 days back

                                                              This scene was so amazing and so important in the storyline I think... And the music! What a masterpiece

                                                              • Rocko 97
                                                                Rocko 97  3 days back

                                                                Just this part alone in theater gave me chills the fact that he enjoyed killing those 3 young men by dancing! much expression by slow movement
                                                                Love this movie so much

                                                                • Γιώργος Γραμματικάκης

                                                                  Τhe joker movie has a social and political character that punches the establishment. The movie touched me a lot.

                                                                  • Daniel Gallimore
                                                                    Daniel Gallimore  3 days back

                                                                    I loved this movie and i will see it a second time

                                                                    • AcCeSsDeNiEd65
                                                                      AcCeSsDeNiEd65  3 days back

                                                                      I want to see joker dance on stairs again!

                                                                      • U U
                                                                        U U  3 days back

                                                                        This Is a Masterpiece! You need to Have Every Scene in the Movie with Thought Contained Inside. Not Showing hundreds of Superheros just to Fill up the Screen.

                                                                        • Aleksandar Ilijasevic
                                                                          Aleksandar Ilijasevic  3 days back

                                                                          Who cares about the Oscar, everybody knows, this is outstanding acting performance

                                                                          • qυєєη lєкα
                                                                            qυєєη lєкα  3 days back

                                                                            Isn’t it Tai Chi?

                                                                            • rose rose
                                                                              rose rose  4 days back


                                                                              • Warganet Ganteng
                                                                                Warganet Ganteng  4 days back

                                                                                I believe this dancing scene already become a cult classic

                                                                                • DEAD POOL
                                                                                  DEAD POOL  4 days back

                                                                                  Joker begin

                                                                                  • Love GOD, Times Square Media Productions

                                                                                    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  4 days back

                                                                                      This is my favorite scene....

                                                                                      • Ishan Mishra
                                                                                        Ishan Mishra  4 days back

                                                                                        Nope, beautiful.

                                                                                        • Alvin Paul
                                                                                          Alvin Paul  4 days back

                                                                                          I thought he was performing taichi

                                                                                          • Mariam Abdul Basit
                                                                                            Mariam Abdul Basit  4 days back

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

                                                                                            • Stian Azarov
                                                                                              Stian Azarov  4 days back

                                                                                              Lol i thought he was doing taichi

                                                                                              • Kelly Xiong
                                                                                                Kelly Xiong  4 days back

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

                                                                                                • Thel4bel tlb
                                                                                                  Thel4bel tlb  4 days back

                                                                                                  This is brilliant