Joaquin Phoenix Had One Rule On Todd Phillips’ ‘Joker’ Set
According to one cast member Joaquin Phoenix had one very specific rule when filming Todd Phillips’ Joker.
While Todd Phillips’ Joker is still dominating the box office and encouraging plenty of debate about the controversial film, one of Joaquin Phoenix’s co-stars revealed that he had a surprising rule when shooting the DC film. Since Joaquin Phoenix is notoriously picky when it comes to taking on new projects, it isn’t surprising that he had a few requirements before filming Joker. Josh Pais, who played Arthur Fleck’s manager in Joker, recently discussed how Todd Phillips explained Joaquin Phoenix’s rule to him.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Josh Pais revealed that Joaquin Phoenix had expressed one specific rule to Todd Phillips about who he should and shouldn’t cast in Joker. The Joker star reportedly didn’t care who the director brought onboard, just as long as they were a good actor and that they weren’t difficult to work with. Although, Joaquin Phoenix apparently had an interesting way of phrasing that. Take a look at what Todd Phillips told Josh Pais below.
“I had a meeting with Todd. He said, ‘I loved your tape. I just want to make sure that you’re not an asshole because one person on set can really ruin the whole vibe of the thing.’ Joaquin told Todd, ‘I don’t care who you cast, just make sure everybody is a really good actor — and no assholes.’ So, I guess I passed the test.”
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Here is the official synopsis for Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker:
Director Todd Phillips “Joker” centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone fictional story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck, who is indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, is of a man struggling to find his way in Gotham’s fractured society. A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comic at night…but finds the joke always seems to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty, Arthur makes one bad decision that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty character study.
Directed by Todd Phillips from a script he co-wrote with Scott Silver, Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Douglas Hodge, Marc Maron, Josh Pais, and Shea Whigham.
Joker is now playing in theaters. Stay tuned for the latest news regarding Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker and the future of Batman on the big screen.