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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  • TWiiGZ
    TWiiGZ  36 minutes back

    Just amazing. Only improvisation can make these special scenes. I could tell when I was watching the movie that some parts must have been improvised. It reminded me so much of the movie "Naked"

    • Polly Bramall
      Polly Bramall  1 hours back

      It's beyond BRILLIANT,simply amazzzzing!

      • Peter Vanamoc
        Peter Vanamoc  3 hours back

        If you killed someone and had anxiety you would dance like this as distress tolerance to not shoot yourself

        • Sea Gypsies Belly Dancers

          Just an amazing performance.x

          • djjlc
            djjlc  23 hours back

            It’s one of the most beautiful scenes in a movie I’ve ever scene and I’ve watched a lot of movies

            • Mucky Manzatti
              Mucky Manzatti  1 days back

              No woman could ever perform like this.

              • Jaana Viit
                Jaana Viit  1 days back

                @Mucky Manzatti Its OK.... Take it easy.... One love brother!

              • Mucky Manzatti
                Mucky Manzatti  1 days back

                @Jaana Viit Awwe...truth hurts sweetheart.

              • Jaana Viit
                Jaana Viit  1 days back

                Seriously that is not relevant... and also not true...

            • Anna Ashleyshone
              Anna Ashleyshone  1 days back

              I don’t know why I remember this scene the most cleary and why I feel so impressed.
              I even listened to the Bathroom dance over and over.
              Now I know why. Beautiful just like a bird escaping the cage and spread their wings for the first time.

              • Ni Ro
                Ni Ro  1 days back

                His interpretation is indeed brilliant

                • Jenny Sheekey
                  Jenny Sheekey  1 days back

                  This scene was Amazing

                  • Luciano
                    Luciano  1 days back

                    What a masterpiece in Acting. Such a Sad story. Is probably one of the most disturbing movies I have ever watched.

                    • Eric Thompson
                      Eric Thompson  2 days back

                      this scene was amazing

                      • José Luis Fuentes Manrique

                        I didn't cry with any particular scene but, jeez... Let me tell for sure that it gave me chills and goosebumps all movie long.

                        Beautiful feeling to the unexpected reaction of the character to the situations presented.

                        • Nat Bite
                          Nat Bite  2 days back

                          This scene was so beautiful and dark. Incredible movement and score ❤

                          • ThePsychopompos1
                            ThePsychopompos1  2 days back

                            Most amazing movie this century.

                            • James Gatsby
                              James Gatsby  2 days back

                              It was beautiful.

                              • Joker Motorcycle
                                Joker Motorcycle  2 days back

                                Best joker movie 🎥 👏🌹

                                • strom trooper
                                  strom trooper  2 days back

                                  If you want to see a realife Joker, you should Google for Iqram Dinzly

                                  • Avalanche
                                    Avalanche  3 days back

                                    I cannot describe how much I loved this movie. Thanks to the whole crew; and sad to see the PC police is trying hard to bash this extraordinary movie

                                    • Judy Blaha
                                      Judy Blaha  3 days back

                                      Great performance beautiful man

                                      • badopinionsrighthere
                                        badopinionsrighthere  3 days back

                                        This scene and characterization was brilliant. Arthur uses dance as a form of control- control of himself, control of the situation. When you watch the movie, you'll notice he dances when he feels confident in himself and his actions. Spoilery examples in my reply

                                        • Cerulean Sealpup
                                          Cerulean Sealpup  3 days back

                                          This scene did creep me out..i dont know why.

                                          • Juan Cortez
                                            Juan Cortez  3 days back

                                            Like Apocalypse Now.

                                            • Gold
                                              Gold  3 days back

                                              Am I the only one who cried during this scene? It was so emotional...

                                            • Kräuterseuche
                                              Kräuterseuche  3 days back

                                              This doesn't feel creepy to me. It gets this special feeling of " Oh wow, this is some deep ship."

                                              • Vince E
                                                Vince E  3 days back

                                                Imagine Jared Leto doing this scene. lol

                                                • Ruben Hernandez
                                                  Ruben Hernandez  22 hours back

                                                  Watch Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers club. He can do wonders in the right environment.

                                                • Warlock
                                                  Warlock  1 days back

                                                  @task master He tried to cancel the Joker movie

                                                • task master
                                                  task master  2 days back

                                                  @Vince E how old are you? Never seen his old movies before? He is not that bad

                                                • Vince E
                                                  Vince E  2 days back

                                                  @task master so this is a good movie with a good writer. You're telling me Jared Leto would do well in this scene? Lol. Jared Leto is trash and the DC franchise let him know.

                                                • task master
                                                  task master  3 days back

                                                  He's a good actor with bad writer and movie. Stop being a sheep

                                              • Stas
                                                Stas  3 days back

                                                The movie is a masterpiece - bewitching and overwhelming!

                                                • Stas
                                                  Stas  2 days back

                                                  @Francesca Mezzi 100% agree! :)

                                                • Francesca Mezzi
                                                  Francesca Mezzi  2 days back

                                                  100% agree. Outstanding in every way a movie can be.

                                              • Azimin Shafie
                                                Azimin Shafie  3 days back

                                                Honestly, any actor who can play batman and win an oscar will be the best actor of all time.

                                                • MM M
                                                  MM M  4 days back

                                                  This is my favorite scene in the entire movie! You can taste the power, glory, & satisfaction of his actions. Arthur's pain of his trauma becomes justified! I had tears in my eyes & chills over my whole body!!!

                                                  • skyly02
                                                    skyly02  4 days back

                                                    Joker is good.

                                                    • Task Don
                                                      Task Don  4 days back

                                                      The dance fit so well into Joker's characteristic because after tasting blood for the first time in his life that he wants to celebrate by dancing. This moment is not the birth of Joker, this is the moment of rebirth of Joker. As he said later on, he doesn't have the "condition" because this is him: a natural psychopath that has been suppressed by life and society which just need a moment for him to finally break free.

                                                      • Henry Gonzalez
                                                        Henry Gonzalez  4 days back

                                                        Man the acting was great... it was hard cord he new the moves...

                                                        • kay jones
                                                          kay jones  4 days back

                                                          The perfect scene, tai chi joker style....

                                                          • Best Gmn
                                                            Best Gmn  4 days back

                                                            It's so theatral...become THE personnage it's not easy...he is the 🤡. Two personnage! Thumbs'up To Phoenix♥️

                                                            • docdurdin
                                                              docdurdin  4 days back

                                                              The entertainment media (in total) is very proud of how well they dance with the news media to influence and control the herd mentality of the public. Actually, the industry would agree with me that their work is exquisite and artful, although shameful and destructive. The actual JOKE is on you. For the youth who are blinded by an entrained obsessive need for acceptance, this work is genius. If you haven't noticed, most actors today have a different avenue of training. They have been stripped of any real personality, left only with an alter ego created by the industry in control, like trained animals. The real wake up call came from the LAST JOKER..... Might you wonder what really happened to him? There are no exits from the deal.

                                                              • rhyka101
                                                                rhyka101  4 days back

                                                                I saw the film last night. Superbly directed and an amazing performance from Phoenix. Twists that hit you hard and unapologetic violence. Homages to previous movies and thought provoking social commentary. The use of a cello and the music score overall beautifully matches the moods created.

                                                                • BeeHugger 7
                                                                  BeeHugger 7  4 days back

                                                                  This is better titled
                                                                  " joker does qi gong"🙃

                                                                  • MALi Moor
                                                                    MALi Moor  4 days back

                                                                    The dance of change.

                                                                    • PITUFINA
                                                                      PITUFINA  4 days back

                                                                      Masterpiece Phoenix !!! Hopefully will win the Oscar

                                                                      • Chris Mequet
                                                                        Chris Mequet  4 days 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  4 days back

                                                                          Wanna hear a joke?

                                                                          Joker 68%
                                                                          Batwoman 69%

                                                                          • task master
                                                                            task master  3 days back

                                                                            That perfectly represent "society"

                                                                          • the shuriken
                                                                            the shuriken  3 days back

                                                                            you mean from Rotten Tomatoes? I will never believed that website, they rated Avengers Endgame 94% and Joker 68%, are they a bunch of elementary kids?

                                                                        • guritza80
                                                                          guritza80  5 days back

                                                                          Genius ♡

                                                                          • Day One
                                                                            Day One  5 days back

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

                                                                            • David P
                                                                              David P  5 days back

                                                                              Ever dance with the Devil in the pale bathroom light?

                                                                              • Mohammad Albeshari
                                                                                Mohammad Albeshari  5 days back

                                                                                I love this movie

                                                                                • oshitomaha
                                                                                  oshitomaha  5 days back

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

                                                                                  • A P
                                                                                    A P  5 days back

                                                                                    Nothing creepy about his dance

                                                                                    It’s quite beautiful... like tai chi

                                                                                    • Venom - PUBG
                                                                                      Venom - PUBG  5 days back

                                                                                      Venom Vs Joker?

                                                                                      • Bray Bay
                                                                                        Bray Bay  5 days back

                                                                                        Joaquin as Joker as Thom Yorke in Lotus Flower.