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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  • Alvin Paul
    Alvin Paul  1 hours back

    I thought he was performing taichi

    • Mariam Abdul Basit
      Mariam Abdul Basit  4 hours back

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

      • Stian Azarov
        Stian Azarov  4 hours back

        Lol i thought he was doing taichi

        • Kelly Xiong
          Kelly Xiong  5 hours back

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

          • Thel4bel tlb
            Thel4bel tlb  5 hours back

            This is brilliant

            • Kirstie Hiorns
              Kirstie Hiorns  6 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  6 hours back

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

                • Lil Chaos
                  Lil Chaos  4 hours back

                  I'm going to legit be crying

              • Ryan C
                Ryan C  6 hours back

                Loved this scene

                • jeonlyxoxo
                  jeonlyxoxo  7 hours back

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

                  • Monica Duong
                    Monica Duong  9 hours back

                    Absolutely stunning

                    • i hates you
                      i hates you  13 hours back

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

                      • Karthik Nagarajan
                        Karthik Nagarajan  14 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  15 hours back

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

                          • Amit Jadhav
                            Amit Jadhav  16 hours back

                            Honestly I didn't like this movie...

                            • GtyMike
                              GtyMike  16 hours back

                              I should practice this dance for the Halloween party

                              • aeon lincoln
                                aeon lincoln  17 hours back

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

                                • browneyeblues12
                                  browneyeblues12  18 hours back

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

                                  • Germs
                                    Germs  19 hours back

                                    I’ve always liked the joker better than Batman

                                    • Ian Longo
                                      Ian Longo  20 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  21 hours 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  9 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  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  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” 🤣🤣

                                                                                        • Stephanie Dee
                                                                                          Stephanie Dee  2 days back

                                                                                          It looks like a mix of ballet and Tai chi

                                                                                          • Ghost of Buchenwald
                                                                                            Ghost of Buchenwald  2 days back

                                                                                            Joker is being born....

                                                                                            • Adri Roy Choudhury
                                                                                              Adri Roy Choudhury  2 days back

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