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

  • Published on Oct 7, 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 • 3 895

  • 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 Day ago

    This is my favorite scene....

  • Ishan Mishra
    Ishan Mishra Day ago

    Nope, beautiful.

  • Alvin Paul
    Alvin Paul Day ago

    I thought he was performing taichi

  • Mariam Abdul Basit

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

  • Stian Azarov
    Stian Azarov Day ago

    Lol i thought he was doing taichi

  • Kelly Xiong
    Kelly Xiong Day ago

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

  • Thel4bel tlb
    Thel4bel tlb Day ago

    This is brilliant

  • Kirstie Hiorns
    Kirstie Hiorns Day ago

    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 Day ago +2

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

    • Lil Chaos
      Lil Chaos Day ago +1

      I'm going to legit be crying

  • Ryan C
    Ryan C Day ago

    Loved this scene

  • jeonlyxoxo
    jeonlyxoxo Day ago

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

  • Monica Duong
    Monica Duong Day ago

    Absolutely stunning

  • i hates you
    i hates you Day ago

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

  • Karthik Nagarajan

    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 Day ago

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

  • Amit Jadhav
    Amit Jadhav Day ago

    Honestly I didn't like this movie...

  • GtyMike
    GtyMike Day ago

    I should practice this dance for the Halloween party

  • aeon lincoln
    aeon lincoln Day ago

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

  • browneyeblues12
    browneyeblues12 Day ago

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

  • Germs
    Germs Day ago

    I’ve always liked the joker better than Batman

  • Ian Longo
    Ian Longo Day ago

    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

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

  • Jonah T
    Jonah T 2 days ago

    This scene blew me away.

  • ASMR BUZZ Eng-Spa-Ita

    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 Day ago

      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

  • dsvet
    dsvet 2 days ago

    This "dance" was very Tai Chi ish I thought.

  • Animez4u
    Animez4u 2 days ago

    Hey people I usually don't ask for likes but help my comment get to the top if you can so others can see this and to also know bout JP past childhood as well. It's bout the dance scenes in the Joker. So basically like director said this whole scene is improvised cause they originally had the Joker come into the bathroom to clean himself up and then leave. But come to find out JP grew up in an poor family.
    Well, not actually poor they was more so hippies during the 60s who ended up joining an cult and then moving to San Juan, Puerto Rico to grow and spread their cult there. But eventually they left cause the cult cause it wasn't good for there kids being around people like that.
    So yes, JP isn't even American and he grew up with hippie parents which is why he's probably vegan. His family was poor since they was in an cult and had no where to live. So what they would do is have their kids (they had 5 all together one who died of drug OD) dance/be street performers to earn money so they can at least have an meal to eat by the end so they can eat as an family. So JP dancing in Joker comes from his past childhood and him having to dance on the streets of San Juan, Puerto Rico for food and money during the late 70s/80s.
    I knew his dancing look like that of hippie dancing or dance moves from 70s/80s. I'm pretty sure Todd didn't bring this up since it's an family isusue for JP but man finding this out and seeing how he just dance at times as the Joker made him bring the character to life even more. Just search up JP tragic past here on FLASH-PLAYER or search it up. It's like an 10 min video bout his past and childhood here on FLASH-PLAYER.

  • imnotwatchin
    imnotwatchin 2 days ago

    And So, JOKER is born !

  • What you lookin at
    What you lookin at 2 days ago

    it's called Tai Chi

  • Kinto \\》
    Kinto \\》 2 days ago +1

    My goodness, the Joker movie will leave a mark in our history!! What a Masterpiece !!

  • Shadow
    Shadow 2 days ago

    This is Michael Jacksons smooth criminal regurgitated Hollywood is out of ideas

  • Jesse Enrique
    Jesse Enrique 2 days ago +1

    It's like he's doing Qigong and all that energy is being directed into his new persona

  • xiomana xoxoxo
    xiomana xoxoxo 2 days ago


  • ninnoseven
    ninnoseven 2 days ago

    Wasn't great. Wasn't terrible. Definitely strange. Keep in mind. This is the Joker.. The freaking Joker.. They made him a normal, everyday, washout that happens to be psychotic. Gave him a 38 and face paint. Dropped ball....

  • Brion McManus
    Brion McManus 2 days ago

    Not since Clark Gable, Gone with the Wind is this going to be a slam dunk winner for the 2019 Academy Award!

  • Alex Riley
    Alex Riley 2 days ago

    I thought he was doing tai chi

  • Linda Dawn
    Linda Dawn 2 days ago

    Bigoted comments published by NYT are disgusting.

  • e creative
    e creative 2 days ago


  • Carito L
    Carito L 2 days ago

    Marvelous scene👏🏼One of my favorites too.
    I think, in a couple of years Joaquin can become a director as well.

  • Erod
    Erod 2 days ago


  • mellow magic
    mellow magic 2 days ago +3

    Looks like he was doing a Joker version of tai chi.

  • jorge 88
    jorge 88 2 days ago

    I want a movie about El diablos origin story you know the fire guy from suicide squad man suicide squad was a trash movie tho

  • Odysseus
    Odysseus 2 days ago

    Not creepy... But beautiful.

  • Star Lah
    Star Lah 2 days ago

    The dancing in this scene is phenomal...beautiful, mesmerising...

    SOFTSHALLOW 2 days ago +1

    What makes me happy Gary Glitter will not be getting royalties from the film for the song Rock n Roll part 2 because he does not have the rights to it anymore.

  • Conner Grant
    Conner Grant 2 days ago +1

    "Nothing can hurt me anymore." - Joker

  • LoRd HuMunGuS
    LoRd HuMunGuS 2 days ago

    Birth of Joker in that scene

  • MbTheGreat
    MbTheGreat 2 days ago

    he really dropped a gun in a CHILDRENS hospital and told a child “shh” 🤣🤣

  • Stephanie Dee
    Stephanie Dee 2 days ago

    It looks like a mix of ballet and Tai chi

  • Ghost of Buchenwald
    Ghost of Buchenwald 2 days ago

    Joker is being born....

  • Adri Roy Choudhury
    Adri Roy Choudhury 2 days ago

    You wanna know how I got this (o)scars' ? ~ J.P (2019)

  • Annugrah Naninda
    Annugrah Naninda 2 days ago

    This is a turning point for Arthur,in this scene he is transcending into Joker.

  • A T
    A T 2 days ago

    This scene feels to me like an exorcism of Arthur.

  • FakeSoap
    FakeSoap 2 days ago

    Heart churning master piece

  • Duk Kha
    Duk Kha 2 days ago

    The dying swan... 🤔

  • Shahwal Khan
    Shahwal Khan 2 days ago +1

    *And the Joaquin Phoenix goes to Oscar*

  • camaro rider
    camaro rider 2 days ago

    moral of the movie is......

    be yourself =D

  • MJE E
    MJE E 3 days ago

    Absolute garbage! Don't waste your money.

  • Code Green
    Code Green 3 days ago

    Just got finished with the movie and I must say I loved this movie.

  • rebecca seppanen
    rebecca seppanen 3 days ago

    Sweet as❤️

  • Michael Copley
    Michael Copley 3 days ago

    Well of Course the Joker's musical, Hildur Guðnadóttir soundtrack "Mary Magdalene" Jesus/Joaquin (Phoenix's JOAker harley QUINn) . . .

    • Michael Copley
      Michael Copley 3 days ago

      Oh, with Penny Fleck/Sophie Dumond representing Mother Mary/Harley Quinn (Mary Magdalene)?!?

  • Dale Cooper
    Dale Cooper 3 days ago

    I do really like the "Christ" pose in the end.

  • Mind-Cure Corner
    Mind-Cure Corner 3 days ago

    At this moment he integrates his shadow.

  • trent grace
    trent grace 3 days ago

    THIS MOVIE IS...😔🤔😞🤔😳🤔😳😳🤔😳😳😳😳😳😳😳😳😳😄😄😄😁😁😁😁👻😳😳😳...

  • Tomy Krismanuel
    Tomy Krismanuel 3 days ago +1

    This scene is beautiful but so creepy...

  • Greg Bystroff
    Greg Bystroff 3 days ago

    I see a little Tai Chi.

  • Edwin Omar
    Edwin Omar 3 days ago +1

    2020 Oscars after watching joaquins phoenixs performance
    -issa wrap

  • Cris Duta
    Cris Duta 3 days ago +9

    Those who where dancing were believed to be insane, by those who could not hear the music. - Friedrich Nietzsche

  • Royson D'souza
    Royson D'souza 3 days ago +2

    Besides the fact how maginificent this movie was, I left the theatre confident that people are going to think about Heath ledger's joker. These are my thoughts: Do not compare both of them , since they both played the joker character accordingly true to their timeline and how they sinked into their madness. The latter was all about his origin and how he slowly embraced the joker inside of him because of the toxic society. Heath's Joker was years ahead where he portrays a well established psychopathic relentless criminal with no emotions for anyone.

    Looking for the punch line?...


  • Scott Aubrey
    Scott Aubrey 3 days ago +2

    Great movie, excellent acting.

  • Lorenzo Baku
    Lorenzo Baku 3 days ago +1

    He literally went into a bathroom and lost his mind...

  • drksideofthewal
    drksideofthewal 3 days ago +7

    I thought he was doing Tai Chi to calm himself.

  • Mes Djz
    Mes Djz 3 days ago +1

    Best scene! the scene that changed everything

  • CarnageRulez469
    CarnageRulez469 3 days ago +1

    The scenes of Joker dancing after a murder are the most beautiful scenes in the film.

  • Opsidus
    Opsidus 3 days ago +1

    *Joker* Has Come To.

  • milenaobi
    milenaobi 3 days ago

    Creepy Dance? i Dance like that :(

  • neptunedoug
    neptunedoug 3 days ago +1

    this dance/tai chi reminded me of the opening scene in Apocalypse Now, I expected Joker to hit the mirror as well.

  • Julian Buenrostro
    Julian Buenrostro 3 days ago

    Is it weird of me saying that I'm 'bout to watch this film for the 3rd time?
    Sorry..... there's just something about this movie that makes ya feel powerful....

  • Thomas Wilson
    Thomas Wilson 3 days ago +2

    He’s a great actor!

  • ꧁Reasoner꧂
    ꧁Reasoner꧂ 3 days ago +1

    So basically they ran out of ideas and ended up going with some garbage that doesn't make sense and call it "art". This way, if you call it garbage, they say "you just simply don't understand art".

  • Lela Copeland
    Lela Copeland 3 days ago +2

    Beautiful and mesmerizing. True art and Joaquin is an incredible actor.

  • ⠀⠀⠀⠀
    ⠀⠀⠀⠀ 3 days ago

    whats the song title? i love it...

  • Fatih Bas
    Fatih Bas 3 days ago +2


  • Hussain Abdullah
    Hussain Abdullah 3 days ago

    Joaquin just started to dance to the music 😂

  • Abdulla Alsheraifi
    Abdulla Alsheraifi 3 days ago +1

    To me this scene resembles the state of shock Arther Fleck went through and the beginning of him realizing his abilities.
    It made him acknowledge something deep inside of him that is eager to come out.
    The way he dance and look at his hands states for a fact that he's not sorry for what happened but in contrary, it opened now a new dimension to him and his new character.

  • Live Life
    Live Life 3 days ago +2

    I just saw the movie. In my opinion that's not the joker, I mean where is the scars in the mouth, where is the bad guy, I never saw the joker dancing in a movie. I expected some action like we always see in batman. This movie should have a different title.

    • Aria Strwn
      Aria Strwn 3 days ago

      Stupid comment

    • dragging no
      dragging no 3 days ago +2

      Be quite because what you just said was stupid
      1 last time I checked that the scars was only in the dark Knight movie
      2 this is a joker movie where batman is still a kid
      3 joker has dance before didn't you watch batman 89?
      4 if you expected lots of big action then that's your fault this is a character study on how the joker becomes the joker
      Next time do your research.

  • Sam Sung
    Sam Sung 3 days ago +3

    NY Times you have demonstrated again your message of division and hatered with your article "The Real Threat of 'Joker' is Hiding in Plain Sight"
    You are not journalists and the world can see that you are the real Jokers with an agenda of pure evil! You are the threat to our world!

  • Jericho Parico
    Jericho Parico 3 days ago

    Ever Danced with the Devil in the Pale Moonlight?

  • Tyler T.
    Tyler T. 3 days ago +2

    Personally I really enjoyed this film. I’ve been a long time movie and comic fan of this character, so obviously I had to go see it. My thoughts are:
    The director did a really good job setting the lighting and tone of the movie. It’s meant to feel awry and dark. It’s not suppose to make you feel comfortable watching it.
    The Writing and flow of the film was excellent. Definitely an intense story that’s easy to follow and understand.
    Joaquin did an amazing job, introducing another layer to who we understand as the Joker and how he got there. His acting was phenomenal.

    However some of my grievances are:
    I Would have preferred the movie to be a lot more gruesome. The initial kills in the movie are no doubt shocking, but if I’m being honest I’ve seen worse. In regards to the joker, more blood and chaos, definitely fits in his character description.
    Lastly, I think the ending was a little dragged out.
    The director should have had Joaquin sit down. Have Arthur wipe Murray’s blood across his face to form his iconic smile.
    Conclusively he smokes a cigarette while manically laughing, while everyone is running and screaming. Camera pan out while he sits in his chair, happy with what’s he done, singing along to “That’s Life” - Frank Sinatra
    Now that would have been insane.

  • danielimagris tp
    danielimagris tp 4 days ago

    "Cuando llegamos al set ese día, Joaquin y yo nos quedamos parados y (consideramos que) esto no se parecía mucho a Arthur. ¿Por qué le importaría a Arthur esconder su arma? Lanzamos alrededor de un millón de formas de hacer algo diferente. Había pasado una hora y dije: 'Obtuve esta música de Hildur Guðnadóttir, nuestro compositor', y quisiera tocar esta pieza de música para Joaquin. Él acaba de comenzar a bailar con esta música. Sólo estábamos él y yo solos en el baño. Había 250 personas esperando afuera. Él simplemente comenzó a hacer este baile y nos miramos y supimos que era la escena. Tenía sentido para nosotros. Cuando conocí a Joaquin, le dije que Arthur era una de esas personas que tiene música en él. La música y la danza se convirtieron en un tema en la película'''. Todd Phillips

    Según el guión original, en la escena Arthur debía tener un ataque de pánico e incluso debía sostener el arma contra su cabeza y apretar el gatillo, sólo para descubrir que no quedaban balas.


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  • Bob of the Storm
    Bob of the Storm 4 days ago

    Somebody needs to cancel Joaquin Phoenix for culturally appropriating mentally ill people.

  • dms 4999
    dms 4999 4 days ago

    Those men that attacked him on the train got what they had coming to them. That's all I'm gonna say about this film.

  • Charles P.
    Charles P. 4 days ago +2

    This film is absolutely phenomenal. I really hope Phoenix gets the Oscar, this is his magnum opus. When he becomes the Joker and dances down the stairs is classic.
    Felt bad for the midget though. Oof.

  • Tanaya Amar
    Tanaya Amar 4 days ago +3

    Oh c'mon, it's not creepy. It's ART

  • Joshua Jim
    Joshua Jim 4 days ago

    Great scene

  • Sephtar
    Sephtar 4 days ago +1

    this was an unbelievably good scene

  • Superdoo987
    Superdoo987 4 days ago

    why does he sound like kevin conroy

    CELÃO DIAS 4 days ago

    Todd and Joaquin. You are not human 👽

  • B B
    B B 4 days ago

    Karate Kid.