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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  • jeonlyxoxo
    jeonlyxoxo  7 minutes back

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

    • Monica Duong
      Monica Duong  2 hours back

      Absolutely stunning

      • i hates you
        i hates you  6 hours back

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

        • Karthik Nagarajan
          Karthik Nagarajan  7 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  8 hours back

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

            • Amit Jadhav
              Amit Jadhav  8 hours back

              Honestly I didn't like this movie...

              • GtyMike
                GtyMike  9 hours back

                I should practice this dance for the Halloween party

                • aeon lincoln
                  aeon lincoln  10 hours back

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

                  • browneyeblues12
                    browneyeblues12  11 hours back

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

                    • Germs
                      Germs  11 hours back

                      I’ve always liked the joker better than Batman

                      • Ian Longo
                        Ian Longo  13 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  14 hours back

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

                          • Jonah T
                            Jonah T  17 hours back

                            This scene blew me away.

                            • ASMR BUZZ Eng-Spa-Ita
                              ASMR BUZZ Eng-Spa-Ita  17 hours 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  2 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  18 hours back

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

                              • Animez4u
                                Animez4u  19 hours 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  19 hours back

                                  And So, JOKER is born !

                                  • What you lookin at
                                    What you lookin at  19 hours back

                                    it's called Tai Chi

                                    • Kinto \\》
                                      Kinto \\》  19 hours back

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

                                      • Shadow
                                        Shadow  20 hours back

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

                                        • Jesse Enrique
                                          Jesse Enrique  20 hours back

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

                                          • xiomana xoxoxo
                                            xiomana xoxoxo  22 hours back


                                            • ninnoseven
                                              ninnoseven  22 hours 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  22 hours 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  23 hours 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  1 days back

                                                                Not creepy... But beautiful.

                                                                • Star Lah
                                                                  Star Lah  1 days back

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

                                                                  • SOFTSHALLOW
                                                                    SOFTSHALLOW  1 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  1 days back

                                                                      "Nothing can hurt me anymore." - Joker

                                                                      • LoRd HuMunGuS
                                                                        LoRd HuMunGuS  1 days back

                                                                        Birth of Joker in that scene

                                                                        • MbTheGreat
                                                                          MbTheGreat  1 days back

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

                                                                          • Stephanie Dee
                                                                            Stephanie Dee  1 days back

                                                                            It looks like a mix of ballet and Tai chi

                                                                            • Ghost of Buchenwald
                                                                              Ghost of Buchenwald  1 days back

                                                                              Joker is being born....

                                                                              • Adri Roy Choudhury
                                                                                Adri Roy Choudhury  1 days back

                                                                                You wanna know how I got this (o)scars' ? ~ J.P (2019)

                                                                                • Annugrah Naninda
                                                                                  Annugrah Naninda  1 days back

                                                                                  This is a turning point for Arthur,in this scene he is transcending into Joker.

                                                                                  • A T
                                                                                    A T  2 days back

                                                                                    This scene feels to me like an exorcism of Arthur.

                                                                                    • FakeSoap
                                                                                      FakeSoap  2 days back

                                                                                      Heart churning master piece

                                                                                      • Duk Kha
                                                                                        Duk Kha  2 days back

                                                                                        The dying swan... 🤔

                                                                                        • Shahwal Khan
                                                                                          Shahwal Khan  2 days back

                                                                                          *And the Joaquin Phoenix goes to Oscar*

                                                                                          • camaro rider
                                                                                            camaro rider  2 days back

                                                                                            moral of the movie is......

                                                                                            be yourself =D

                                                                                            • MJE E
                                                                                              MJE E  2 days back

                                                                                              Absolute garbage! Don't waste your money.

                                                                                              • Code Green
                                                                                                Code Green  2 days back

                                                                                                Just got finished with the movie and I must say I loved this movie.