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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  • Mucky Manzatti
    Mucky Manzatti  2 hours back

    No woman could ever perform like this.

    • Jaana Viit
      Jaana Viit  17 minutes back

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

    • Mucky Manzatti
      Mucky Manzatti  20 minutes back

      @Jaana Viit Awwe...truth hurts sweetheart.

    • Jaana Viit
      Jaana Viit  31 minutes back

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

  • Anna Ashleyshone
    Anna Ashleyshone  4 hours 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  8 hours back

      His interpretation is indeed brilliant

      • Jenny Sheekey
        Jenny Sheekey  10 hours back

        This scene was Amazing

        • Luciano
          Luciano  12 hours 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  15 hours 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  1 days back

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

                • ThePsychopompos1
                  ThePsychopompos1  1 days back

                  Most amazing movie this century.

                  • James Gatsby
                    James Gatsby  1 days back

                    It was beautiful.

                    • Joker Motorcycle
                      Joker Motorcycle  1 days back

                      Best joker movie 🎥 👏🌹

                      • strom trooper
                        strom trooper  1 days back

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

                        • Avalanche
                          Avalanche  2 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  2 days back

                            Great performance beautiful man

                            • badopinionsrighthere
                              badopinionsrighthere  2 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  2 days back

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

                                • Juan Cortez
                                  Juan Cortez  2 days back

                                  Like Apocalypse Now.

                                  • Gold
                                    Gold  2 days back

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

                                  • Kräuterseuche
                                    Kräuterseuche  2 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  2 days back

                                      Imagine Jared Leto doing this scene. lol

                                      • Warlock
                                        Warlock  5 hours back

                                        @task master He tried to cancel the Joker movie

                                      • task master
                                        task master  1 days back

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

                                      • Vince E
                                        Vince E  1 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  2 days back

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

                                    • Stas
                                      Stas  2 days back

                                      The movie is a masterpiece - bewitching and overwhelming!

                                      • Stas
                                        Stas  12 hours back

                                        @Francesca Mezzi 100% agree! :)

                                      • Francesca Mezzi
                                        Francesca Mezzi  12 hours back

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

                                    • Azimin Shafie
                                      Azimin Shafie  2 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  3 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  3 days back

                                          Joker is good.

                                          • Task Don
                                            Task Don  3 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  3 days back

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

                                              • kay jones
                                                kay jones  3 days back

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

                                                • Best Gmn
                                                  Best Gmn  3 days back

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

                                                  • docdurdin
                                                    docdurdin  3 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  3 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  3 days back

                                                        This is better titled
                                                        " joker does qi gong"🙃

                                                        • MALi Moor
                                                          MALi Moor  3 days back

                                                          The dance of change.

                                                          • PITUFINA
                                                            PITUFINA  3 days back

                                                            Masterpiece Phoenix !!! Hopefully will win the Oscar

                                                            • Chris Mequet
                                                              Chris Mequet  3 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  3 days back

                                                                Wanna hear a joke?

                                                                Joker 68%
                                                                Batwoman 69%

                                                                • task master
                                                                  task master  2 days back

                                                                  That perfectly represent "society"

                                                                • the shuriken
                                                                  the shuriken  2 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  4 days back

                                                                Genius ♡

                                                                • Day One
                                                                  Day One  4 days back

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

                                                                  • David P
                                                                    David P  4 days back

                                                                    Ever dance with the Devil in the pale bathroom light?

                                                                    • Mohammad Albeshari
                                                                      Mohammad Albeshari  4 days back

                                                                      I love this movie

                                                                      • oshitomaha
                                                                        oshitomaha  4 days back

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

                                                                        • A P
                                                                          A P  4 days back

                                                                          Nothing creepy about his dance

                                                                          It’s quite beautiful... like tai chi

                                                                          • Venom
                                                                            Venom  4 days back

                                                                            Venom Vs Joker?

                                                                            • Bray Bay
                                                                              Bray Bay  4 days back

                                                                              Joaquin as Joker as Thom Yorke in Lotus Flower.

                                                                              • Leontief Modell
                                                                                Leontief Modell  4 days back

                                                                                That was one of the most striking scenes of the movies, to me.

                                                                                All alone by himself, able to express something he would never express when being surrounded by other people, in a way venting his sanity and pulling in the madness through his almost ballet-like dance moves. It's like when you've hit the right amount of drunkenness, where you feel everything upped to 11 and don't feel drunk yet. So intimate. The haunting cello soundtrack, as well as the lighting and particularly the camera work, make this such a special moment. When everything just aligns perfectly.

                                                                                When I walked out of the theater a week ago I said to my friends:"What you have just witnessed is a performance you only get to see every 10-20 years. We can really feel blessed to have seen this."

                                                                                • Martin Macdonald
                                                                                  Martin Macdonald  4 days back

                                                                                  Critics say: Joker is a derivative mess that glorifies violence
                                                                                  Critics think: Woke orthodoxy dictates that mentally-ill white males shall have no help or sympathy, fathers are not necessary in their children's lives, eat-the-rich is a noble goal, it's all Trump's fault. I'd better pan this masterpiece.

                                                                                  • Giusy Anastasi
                                                                                    Giusy Anastasi  4 days back

                                                                                    Capolavoro assoluto

                                                                                    • monai
                                                                                      monai  4 days back

                                                                                      I saw this scene and the first word that came to mind was "glory." In this particular moment, I feel like the "Joker" was born. Those larger than life movements AND the way he revels at himself in the mirror, ugh, just brilliant.

                                                                                      • Adeline
                                                                                        Adeline  5 days back

                                                                                        This movie is so good that I'm seriously a little scared of knowing too much about it but still I wanna know more about it