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Joaquin Phoenix is the latest actor in a long series to play the notorious DC villain Joker, who follows in the footsteps of Cesar Romero, Jack Nicholson and Mark Hamill last Jared Leto. And from the way he described the experience in a recent interview, it was no laughing matter to get into the role.
Phoenix lost a staggering 52 pounds for the role. but that also took a mental toll. "It turns out that your psychology influenced," he said The Hollywood Reporter at the Venice Film Festival . " You're starting to go crazy."
A drastic physical change has apparently become the norm since Heath Ledger won his evil Oscar as a villain in The Dark Knight . , according to a broader account of Nicholson in Batman. More recently, Jared Leto set another precedent for Phoenix and dramatically reduced himself to play a slender, mean version of Joker in the Suicide Squad
Joker is a Genesis from 1981 in Gotham City and follows the transformation of Arthur Fleck (Phoenix) from a comic based on his luck to a dangerous criminal. While the character is known to have no backstory for most of his print and screen appearances, Todd Phillips' film at Fleck causes an unspecified brain injury whose symptom is a fit of uncontrollable laughter.
"It's so hard to define and you do not really want to define it," said Phoenix. "We sometimes approached when I found out that I identified certain parts of his personality or motivation, and then I stepped back because I wanted the character to have a secret." Throughout the filming process, it felt like every day until the last day we have discovered new parts of his personality. "
" It was his struggle to find happiness and to feel connected and to feel warmth and love, and that is the part of the character I have He was interested in so many different things for me, who was in the first few weeks of shooting was completely different than in the end, he has been constantly evolving, I've never had an experience like this The more unpredictable and loose we left it, the more it became more exciting. "