“I started [with the laugh],” Phoenix explained in the text translated by CBR. “I watched videos of people suffering from pathological laughter, a neurological disorder that makes individuals laugh uncontrollably.”
This goes some way in revealing the actor’s strict dedication towards perfecting the personality and characteristics of his iteration of Batman’s arch-nemesis, who was also pictured on the front cover of the magazine, offering a chilling glare in full clown make-up.
The official synopsis for the Joker promises that Todd Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck, a man disregarded by society, will not only serve as “a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale,” a concept that has also been teased in an earlier trailer.
Joaquin Phoenix is the latest in a long line of actors to step into the oversized shoes of the Clown Prince of Crime for a big-screen outing. He follows the likes of Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger and Jared Leto.
For more on Joker, check out how the upcoming story takes inspiration from The King of Comedy, take a look at Robert De Niro in character as talk show host Murray Franklin, and find out the official run time of the origin movie, which is set to be released on October 4, 2019.
Adele Ankers is a Freelance Entertainment Journalist. You can reach her on Twitter.