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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  • Beeboy69
    Beeboy69  1 days back

    This is a mix of Tai Chi martial arts & improvised dance moves. Classic movie & scene 10 / 10 Bravo

      HALLOWEEN KILLS  2 days back


      • Shannon S
        Shannon S  2 days back

        Looked like he was doing Tai chi!

        • Matthew Westbrook
          Matthew Westbrook  2 days back

          The greatest performance by an actor that I have ever seen. A masterpiece of cinematic art and if this movie doesn't sweep the Academy awards it's because PC culture has ruined the fine arts.

          • justice4all
            justice4all  2 days back

            There is nothing creepy about this dance, it's brilliant

            • robertoamarillas
              robertoamarillas  2 days back

              Most impressive scene in my opinion

              • _ turntsnacko _
                _ turntsnacko _  2 days back

                Did anyone else get chills just from hearing how this scene was put together?

                • PRIDE
                  PRIDE  3 days back

                  Just clown i mean clone this Guy!!!!!

                  • Romey the Siamese Kitten CK

                    He’s been thru a lot in his unconventional life. Mental disorders come in handy for this role.

                    • prosimulate
                      prosimulate  6 days back

                      Oscars will be a Joke if Joker is not selected as the Best Film and Phoenix Best Actor.

                      • Robert Ace
                        Robert Ace  6 days back

                        It's a Tai Chi dance, or a trance at least how it looks like to me. The cello sets the mood, so wonderfully.

                        • Overbelaste Belastingbetaler

                          Most memorable scene, after cinema i had to look it up.

                          • Venomous 17
                            Venomous 17  7 days back

                            Hey Todd you are a legend

                            • Kristufar Burhtun
                              Kristufar Burhtun  7 days back

                              Just watched this at the cinema and I can't wait to buy it.
                              I've bought 1 video in all my life (the matrix) and I just can't can't wait.

                              Let that sink in.

                              • Snikes
                                Snikes  7 days back

                                The New York Times
                                : Creepy Dance in ‘Joker’
                                Me: Masterpiece Dance Scene in ‘Joker’

                                • nerdysans 19
                                  nerdysans 19  1 weeks back

                                  i felt bad and wanted to cry for joker

                                  • Justin Seward
                                    Justin Seward  1 weeks back

                                    Went to see this movie, was disappointed I didn’t get killed by a white guy

                                    • tricia k.
                                      tricia k.  1 weeks back

                                      I love this...the way the movie and the character with his story was build was that you all had an intentional artistic approach to the movie. It really was an emotional movie to watch.

                                      • Robin Austin
                                        Robin Austin  1 weeks back

                                        Movie Of The Year !! Oscar Worthy For Joaquin Phoenix!! This Movie Is a Master Peace!!

                                        • DCnez Markov
                                          DCnez Markov  1 weeks back

                                          For the win


                                          • WinterBby M
                                            WinterBby M  1 weeks back

                                            This scene was ICONIC. Author dies and Joker is born

                                          • deano dog
                                            deano dog  1 weeks back

                                            Tremendous movie , a sign of the times !

                                            • Claire Bailey
                                              Claire Bailey  1 weeks back

                                              Joaquin and Todd together = Oscar material

                                              • Jacqueline62
                                                Jacqueline62  1 weeks back

                                                Chef d'oeuvre !

                                                • MovieMad Entertainment, LLC

                                                  To me, the creepiest dance was when he was standing behind the curtain on the Murray Franklin show.

                                                  • jacare bravo
                                                    jacare bravo  1 weeks back

                                                    *Beautiful 🖤🥀*

                                                    • jan Kristiansen
                                                      jan Kristiansen  2 weeks back

                                                      Too hig on drugs there?😅 edit maybe a flashback.

                                                      • Meryam
                                                        Meryam  2 weeks back

                                                        The music is this scene, seems like something I heard in The Game of thrones!!

                                                        • YTGIRL
                                                          YTGIRL  2 weeks back

                                                          Our generation has been marked by this masterpiece.
                                                          Joaquim Foenix, I respect you, I love u

                                                          I cried a lot after watching Joker. ❤️👏🏼🙌

                                                          • brian janson
                                                            brian janson  2 weeks back

                                                            This is how art is made.

                                                            • Amit K
                                                              Amit K  2 weeks back

                                                              And the old Chinese men in park be like..

                                                              • Fedra 333
                                                                Fedra 333  2 weeks back

                                                                It's not creepy

                                                                • Aji faris
                                                                  Aji faris  2 weeks back


                                                                  • Noel G
                                                                    Noel G  2 weeks back

                                                                    Everyone's getting a piece of the Joker

                                                                    • Cherry Cherry
                                                                      Cherry Cherry  2 weeks back

                                                                      Joaquin deserves 10 Oskars!!!!

                                                                      • Jayson Black
                                                                        Jayson Black  2 weeks back

                                                                        I dunno what to say. Type delete, type delete, type delete. I love Joaquin Phoenix. There is most certainly a method to his madness. I say that in the most respectful way possible

                                                                        • maalicia73
                                                                          maalicia73  2 weeks back

                                                                          He is just doing tai chi...Lol

                                                                          • Mr. Northman
                                                                            Mr. Northman  2 weeks back

                                                                            Composers should get more attention than they do. This scene would not be as great as it is with the wrong kind of music. And this composer really nailed it.

                                                                            • Peter Lane
                                                                              Peter Lane  2 weeks back

                                                                              I saw this film and laughed so much, Ive met real people like Arthur in crack houses !

                                                                              • Victor Silva
                                                                                Victor Silva  2 weeks back

                                                                                Already a cult film. A masterpiece. Along with Taxi Driver this is one of the best psychodrama films ever made. Actually i believe Arthur's character was more challenging to portray than Travis Bickle.

                                                                                • Bernardo Carpio
                                                                                  Bernardo Carpio  2 weeks back

                                                                                  I WANT JOKER 2.0

                                                                                  • Jose Contreras
                                                                                    Jose Contreras  2 weeks back

                                                                                    Joaquin: I didn't even really know if I deserved an Oscar, but I do, and people are starting to notice.

                                                                                    • Touhoulicious
                                                                                      Touhoulicious  2 weeks back

                                                                                      _Arthur was gone._
                                                                                      _Another one was there... The Joker._

                                                                                      • Ali 62
                                                                                        Ali 62  2 weeks back

                                                                                        Super movie also you need to hearing very carefully all dialogues

                                                                                        • Brandon Dominguez
                                                                                          Brandon Dominguez  2 weeks back

                                                                                          White people things.

                                                                                          • NY Carol
                                                                                            NY Carol  2 weeks back

                                                                                            I truly believe the theory that Joker (the character) is like a spirit or an energy that takes over the actor playing him, for a period of time of course. And it never fails, it's always weird in his own unique way.

                                                                                            • BOV
                                                                                              BOV  3 weeks back

                                                                                              Had to go see this today, on Halloween, finally!!!! How can anyone compete with Joaquin next Oscars? Just hand it over. He’s brilliant!! 🎃