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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  • Venom
    Venom  20 minutes back

    Venom Vs Joker?

    • Bray Bay
      Bray Bay  1 hours back

      Joaquin as Joker as Thom Yorke in Lotus Flower.

      • Leontief Modell
        Leontief Modell  4 hours 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  6 hours 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  8 hours back

            Capolavoro assoluto

            • monai
              monai  8 hours 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  13 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  17 hours back

                  Unfortunately it's very relatable for me.

                  • southpakrules
                    southpakrules  18 hours back

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

                    • Jeffrey Baker
                      Jeffrey Baker  22 hours back

                      I think the most pivotal and important scenes in the movie

                      • Richard Miller
                        Richard Miller  23 hours back

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

                        • Ragnarok
                          Ragnarok  24 hours back

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

                          • Germanas Pancerovas
                            Germanas Pancerovas  1 days back

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

                            • storyofwill
                              storyofwill  1 days back

                              I love the joker dancing scene!!

                              • Desi Areros
                                Desi Areros  1 days back

                                is like jaipong dancer from indonesia

                                • Hi_Frankie
                                  Hi_Frankie  1 days 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  1 days 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  2 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  2 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.

                                            • 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


                                                        • 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  3 days back

                                                                This is my favorite scene....

                                                                • Ishan Mishra
                                                                  Ishan Mishra  3 days back

                                                                  Nope, beautiful.

                                                                  • Alvin Paul
                                                                    Alvin Paul  3 days back

                                                                    I thought he was performing taichi

                                                                    • Mariam Abdul Basit
                                                                      Mariam Abdul Basit  3 days back

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

                                                                      • Stian Azarov
                                                                        Stian Azarov  3 days back

                                                                        Lol i thought he was doing taichi

                                                                        • Kelly Xiong
                                                                          Kelly Xiong  3 days back

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

                                                                          • Thel4bel tlb
                                                                            Thel4bel tlb  3 days back

                                                                            This is brilliant

                                                                            • Kirstie Hiorns
                                                                              Kirstie Hiorns  3 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  3 days back

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

                                                                                • Lil Chaos
                                                                                  Lil Chaos  3 days back

                                                                                  I'm going to legit be crying

                                                                              • Ryan C
                                                                                Ryan C  3 days back

                                                                                Loved this scene

                                                                                • jeonlyxoxo
                                                                                  jeonlyxoxo  3 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. :)