Joker is hands down one of our most anticipated films of this year, and from all of the footage and images we’ve seen so far, along with the intense early buzz, Joaquin Phoenix appears to have truly jumped into the deep end for his portrayal of the flawed and dangerous Arthur Fleck
In a recent translated interview to promote the film with magazine Il Venerdì, the weekly magazine of the popular Italian newspaper La Repubblica, to promote the film ahead of its premiere at this year’s Venice Film Festival, Phoenix revealed the origin of his character’s haunting laughter and it’s a got a seriously dark edge to it.
“I started [with the laugh],” said Phoenix. “I watched videos of people suffering from pathological laughter, a neurological disorder that makes individuals laugh uncontrollably.”
It’s a seriously dark edge to turn to research, but also shows how serious Phoenix is taking the role and that he wants to get the details right about the character and the mental illness that he suffers from.
From the very beginning, Joker director Todd Phillips has stated that his film is angling towards something different here and that it will be a very dark and real world interpretation of the character.
The director has long said that his aesthetic inspiration for the film has lent himself to the works of Martin Scorsese, particularly Taxi Driver, Mean Streets and The King of Comedy, and all of these film’s follow the stories of broken, damaged men who finally break and react in violence, and this is exactly how Joker evolves as we’ve seen in the first trailer.
Joker is going to be a seriously intense watch and will arrive in cinemas on October 4.
Source: Il Venerdì