Watch Joaquin Phoenix Do a Creepy Dance in ‘Joker’ | Anatomy of a Scene

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  • 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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Comments • 3 901

  • Adeline
    Adeline  2 hours 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

    • Elaine Clements Finn
      Elaine Clements Finn  6 hours back

      Unfortunately it's very relatable for me.

      • southpakrules
        southpakrules  7 hours back

        Joker Critics score 69%
        Ghostbusters 2016 Critics score 74%.
        I'll just leave it at that.

        • Jeffrey Baker
          Jeffrey Baker  11 hours back

          I think the most pivotal and important scenes in the movie

          • Richard Miller
            Richard Miller  12 hours back

            Hey! Did your columnist making this into some white racist story get his diaper changed yet?

            • Ragnarok
              Ragnarok  13 hours back

              IMO, his weird dances signifies the birth and liberation of the narcissist within.

              • Germanas Pancerovas
                Germanas Pancerovas  17 hours back

                it s noy creepy dance, it s a meditation dance they practice as therapy in menatl hospitals

                • storyofwill
                  storyofwill  19 hours back

                  I love the joker dancing scene!!

                  • Desi Areros
                    Desi Areros  19 hours back

                    is like jaipong dancer from indonesia

                    • Hi_Frankie
                      Hi_Frankie  21 hours back

                      Why "a little less than the next time we see him dance"? Why wouldn't any dance after this dance be still 100% joker?

                      • Patricia Canton
                        Patricia Canton  23 hours back

                        Thats whats called perfection

                        • Hawk
                          Hawk  1 days back

                          This movie was so different and exciting. Joaquin deserves an Oscar. 🌟

                          • megane verard
                            megane verard  1 days back

                            This scene was so amazing and so important in the storyline I think... And the music! What a masterpiece

                            • Rocko 97
                              Rocko 97  1 days back

                              Just this part alone in theater gave me chills the fact that he enjoyed killing those 3 young men by dancing! much expression by slow movement
                              Love this movie so much

                              • Γιώργος Γραμματικάκης

                                Τhe joker movie has a social and political character that punches the establishment. The movie touched me a lot.https://youtu.be/riC6fIMJob4

                                • Daniel Gallimore
                                  Daniel Gallimore  2 days back

                                  I loved this movie and i will see it a second time

                                  • AcCeSsDeNiEd65
                                    AcCeSsDeNiEd65  2 days back

                                    I want to see joker dance on stairs again!

                                    • U U
                                      U U  2 days back

                                      This Is a Masterpiece! You need to Have Every Scene in the Movie with Thought Contained Inside. Not Showing hundreds of Superheros just to Fill up the Screen.

                                      • Aleksandar Ilijasevic
                                        Aleksandar Ilijasevic  2 days back

                                        Who care about the Oscar, everybody knows this is outstanding acting performance

                                        • qυєєη lєкα
                                          qυєєη lєкα  2 days back

                                          Isn’t it Tai Chi?

                                          • rose rose
                                            rose rose  2 days back

                                            Masterpiece

                                            • Warganet Ganteng
                                              Warganet Ganteng  2 days back

                                              I believe this dancing scene already become a cult classic

                                              • DEAD POOL
                                                DEAD POOL  2 days back

                                                Joker begin

                                                • Love GOD, Times Square Media Productions

                                                  Anton river Hollywood producer, suffocating a sick woman because you were abused by a crazy boyfriend messes up the script there's no Poetic Justice there

                                                  • blessie navarro
                                                    blessie navarro  2 days back

                                                    This is my favorite scene....

                                                    • Ishan Mishra
                                                      Ishan Mishra  2 days back

                                                      Creepy?
                                                      Nope, beautiful.

                                                      • Alvin Paul
                                                        Alvin Paul  2 days back

                                                        I thought he was performing taichi

                                                        • Mariam Abdul Basit
                                                          Mariam Abdul Basit  2 days back

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

                                                          • Stian Azarov
                                                            Stian Azarov  2 days back

                                                            Lol i thought he was doing taichi

                                                            • Kelly Xiong
                                                              Kelly Xiong  2 days back

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

                                                              • Thel4bel tlb
                                                                Thel4bel tlb  2 days back

                                                                This is brilliant

                                                                • Kirstie Hiorns
                                                                  Kirstie Hiorns  2 days 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  2 days back

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

                                                                    • Lil Chaos
                                                                      Lil Chaos  2 days back

                                                                      I'm going to legit be crying

                                                                  • Ryan C
                                                                    Ryan C  2 days back

                                                                    Loved this scene

                                                                    • jeonlyxoxo
                                                                      jeonlyxoxo  2 days back

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

                                                                      • Monica Duong
                                                                        Monica Duong  3 days back

                                                                        Absolutely stunning

                                                                        • i hates you
                                                                          i hates you  3 days back

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

                                                                          • Karthik Nagarajan
                                                                            Karthik Nagarajan  3 days 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  3 days back

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

                                                                              • Amit Jadhav
                                                                                Amit Jadhav  3 days back

                                                                                Honestly I didn't like this movie...

                                                                                • GtyMike
                                                                                  GtyMike  3 days back

                                                                                  I should practice this dance for the Halloween party

                                                                                  • aeon lincoln
                                                                                    aeon lincoln  3 days back

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

                                                                                    • browneyeblues12
                                                                                      browneyeblues12  3 days back

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

                                                                                      • Germs
                                                                                        Germs  3 days back

                                                                                        I’ve always liked the joker better than Batman

                                                                                        • Ian Longo
                                                                                          Ian Longo  3 days 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  3 days back

                                                                                            I haven't even watched it yet but i'm already obsessed over it !

                                                                                            • Jonah T
                                                                                              Jonah T  3 days back

                                                                                              This scene blew me away.

                                                                                              • ASMR BUZZ Eng-Spa-Ita
                                                                                                ASMR BUZZ Eng-Spa-Ita  3 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  3 days 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