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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  • Joaquin Shang
    Joaquin Shang  2 days back

    This scene is like a line of poetry, no words but describes the inner spirit change of the protagonist. One of the scenes of this decade.

    • Angela Ziegler
      Angela Ziegler  3 days back

      Is the movie scary ? Actually I want to watch it but I don’t dare bc ppl are saying that it’s scary and I don’t think that I have the ability to watch scary movies bc I get scared easily so if you have watched the movie can you please tell me your opinion ? Thank youuu ❤️

      • Angela Ziegler
        Angela Ziegler  15 hours back

        @PokemonFan ok thank you ! I will watch it soon (definitely not this month bc my grandfather passed away today 💔 so I don’t feel like watching anything) but I’ll make sure to tell you what I think about it if I don’t forget.

      • PokemonFan
        PokemonFan  2 days back

        What? The movie isn't scary at all it's just disturbing at times.
        There's only one part where he scares someone but no the movie isn't scary at all.

    • Manus 623
      Manus 623  3 days back


      • Eric Dufrane
        Eric Dufrane  5 days back

        Why did I get chills when I saw that.. don't even like dancing

        • musicfilmhead90
          musicfilmhead90  3 days back

          Probably the music behind the imagery. Really makes the scene that much more powerful.

      • Jason Deez Nuts
        Jason Deez Nuts  7 days back

        When you go from Team Batman to Team Joker in one dance!

        • temper44
          temper44  7 days back

          The idea that some people have music in them is a beautiful one. I've never considered it, but thinking back I have known several of those people in my life.

          • Jimmy Rustling
            Jimmy Rustling  1 weeks back

            I find it offensive that Joker is not a black woman. Like why does it have to be another white male?? eww

            • Recht_voor_zijn_raap
              Recht_voor_zijn_raap  1 weeks back

              *Joaquin Phoenix -- Oscar best male lead in the Joker..
              *Joe Pesci -- Oscar best male support role in The Irishman.
              If only this was a world where this justice would happen.
              But this is a society.

              • Paco Perez
                Paco Perez  1 weeks back

                MASTER PIECE

                • SevenSea
                  SevenSea  1 weeks back

                  This movie is truer than all the news you've published in last 5 years, New York Failing Times

                  • vgs pfl
                    vgs pfl  1 weeks back

                    I shed tears to this scene

                    • Pavel Kopachinski
                      Pavel Kopachinski  1 weeks back

             - About the Joker have already released an online game, look!

                      • CadyGamer Pix
                        CadyGamer Pix  1 weeks back

                        Joker dancing:

                        Tik tok people: How men deal with stuff.

                        • Double Jeopardy
                          Double Jeopardy  2 weeks back

                          Joaquin was born in peuto rico 😮

                          • d34th swimm
                            d34th swimm  2 weeks back

                            I watched this movie 5 times so far.

                          • Jalal Shokouhi
                            Jalal Shokouhi  2 weeks back

                            God! This so freakin *Incredible* 😍

                            • Nathalie Bissonnier
                              Nathalie Bissonnier  2 weeks back

                     emotional 🔥🔥
                              JOAQUIN PHOENIX 👏👏...
                              The BEST ACTOR ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐++

                              • Emy 78
                                Emy 78  2 weeks back

                                Great music movie actor director & every thing 💯👍👍👍
                                The best movie I've ever seen 💝
                                Thank you ⚘

                                • Upset Cat
                                  Upset Cat  2 weeks back

                                  During the entire movie he dances when he's happy and angry. But in the bathroom he's finally given in and he needs to collect his thoughts and he does this by dance. He dances with his mom because he was happy. He's happy with his mom and that's why he danced with her. He was angry at mury and the rest of society and danced on his way to the studio knowing what he was going to do in front of everyone.

                                  • vgs pfl
                                    vgs pfl  1 weeks back

                                    And he danced after killing the dude in his apartment and after killing Murray

                                • warrior 8
                                  warrior 8  3 weeks back


                                  • ak sinha
                                    ak sinha  3 weeks back

                                    The death of aurthur ...and THE BIRTH OF JOKER

                                    • Mo Ana
                                      Mo Ana  3 weeks back


                                      • Mo Ana
                                        Mo Ana  3 weeks back

                                        Sooooo..... who is the director

                                        • madtv719
                                          madtv719  3 weeks back

                                          Looking in the mirror watching himself Dance This is the moment when He Morphed into The Joker Realising He Could Nevet Go Back to what He was ..

                                          • warrior #itaintme_gmail_com

                                            truth is we all do that silly dance in the mirror when nobody is in the room, but they are all watching

                                            • Sigma Geranimo
                                              Sigma Geranimo  4 weeks back

                                              A very deep movie.......

                                              • micsquzzy106
                                                micsquzzy106  4 weeks back

                                                Now this dance will be known as a masterpiece

                                                • Beeboy69
                                                  Beeboy69  4 weeks back

                                                  This is a mix of Tai Chi martial arts & improvised dance moves. Classic movie & scene 10 / 10 Bravo

                                                  • MICHAEL MYERS
                                                    MICHAEL MYERS  4 weeks back


                                                    • Shannon S
                                                      Shannon S  4 weeks back

                                                      Looked like he was doing Tai chi!

                                                      • Matthew Westbrook
                                                        Matthew Westbrook  4 weeks back

                                                        The greatest performance by an actor that I have ever seen. A masterpiece of cinematic art and if this movie doesn't sweep the Academy awards it's because PC culture has ruined the fine arts.

                                                        • justice4all
                                                          justice4all  4 weeks back

                                                          There is nothing creepy about this dance, it's brilliant

                                                        • robertoamarillas
                                                          robertoamarillas  4 weeks back

                                                          Most impressive scene in my opinion

                                                          • _ turntsnacko _
                                                            _ turntsnacko _  4 weeks back

                                                            Did anyone else get chills just from hearing how this scene was put together?

                                                            • PRIDE
                                                              PRIDE  4 weeks back

                                                              Just clown i mean clone this Guy!!!!!

                                                              • Romey the Siamese Kitten CK

                                                                He’s been thru a lot in his unconventional life. Mental disorders come in handy for this role.

                                                                • prosimulate
                                                                  prosimulate  1 months back

                                                                  Oscars will be a Joke if Joker is not selected as the Best Film and Phoenix Best Actor.

                                                                  • Robert Ace
                                                                    Robert Ace  1 months back

                                                                    It's a Tai Chi dance, or a trance at least how it looks like to me. The cello sets the mood, so wonderfully.

                                                                    • Overbelaste Belastingbetaler

                                                                      Most memorable scene, after cinema i had to look it up.

                                                                      • Venomous 17
                                                                        Venomous 17  1 months back

                                                                        Hey Todd you are a legend

                                                                        • Kristufar Burhtun
                                                                          Kristufar Burhtun  1 months back

                                                                          Just watched this at the cinema and I can't wait to buy it.
                                                                          I've bought 1 video in all my life (the matrix) and I just can't can't wait.

                                                                          Let that sink in.

                                                                          • Snikes
                                                                            Snikes  1 months back

                                                                            The New York Times
                                                                            : Creepy Dance in ‘Joker’
                                                                            Me: Masterpiece Dance Scene in ‘Joker’

                                                                            • nerdysans 19
                                                                              nerdysans 19  1 months back

                                                                              i felt bad and wanted to cry for joker

                                                                              • Justin Seward
                                                                                Justin Seward  1 months back

                                                                                Went to see this movie, was disappointed I didn’t get killed by a white guy

                                                                                • tricia k.
                                                                                  tricia k.  1 months back

                                                                                  I love this...the way the movie and the character with his story was build was that you all had an intentional artistic approach to the movie. It really was an emotional movie to watch.

                                                                                  • Robin Austin
                                                                                    Robin Austin  1 months back

                                                                                    Movie Of The Year !! Oscar Worthy For Joaquin Phoenix!! This Movie Is a Master Peace!!

                                                                                    • DCnez Markov
                                                                                      DCnez Markov  1 months back

                                                                                      For the win


                                                                                      • WinterBby M
                                                                                        WinterBby M  1 months back

                                                                                        This scene was ICONIC. Author dies and Joker is born