JOKER Cast and Crew Q&A | TIFF 2019

  • Published: 10 September 2019
  • Todd Phillips' standalone origin story of an iconic arch-nemesis stars Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck, a man disregarded by society. Joker is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.
    Shocking in its originality and intensity, Joker is a game changer for so-called comic book movies. Showcasing a fully immersed performance from Joaquin Phoenix and a new vision of world building, Todd Phillips' latest is an unsettling, exciting portrait of the villain we thought we knew.

    Phillips and Scott Silver's original screenplay isn't an adaptation of any previous part of the DC Comics canon, though its reference points will reward fans. The setting is 1981 Gotham City, inspired by New York of the same era, so mythologized on film for its colour, crime, and corruption.

    Arthur Fleck (Phoenix) ekes out a living as a clown, performing for tourists and children as he dreams of fame as a stand-up comedian like his hero, talk show host Murray Franklin (Robert De Niro). But people never do what Arthur wants them to do, his inner torment eats at him, and his ailing mother keeps harping on everything she is owed by her former employers, the Wayne family. Life is so ugly that you just have to laugh.

    As Arthur descends into the unhinged killer he must become, Phoenix keeps us on edge as he reveals the soul of a man in crisis. A tentative romance with his neighbour Sophie (Zazie Beetz, also at the Festival in Lucy in the Sky and Seberg) grows more dangerous with each encounter.

    Part of the pleasure of watching Joker stems from its technical brilliance. Its production design and cinematography capture the supersaturated grit of a rotting Gotham. Martin Scorsese's The King of Comedy and Taxi Driver course quite recognizably through the film's veins. And Hildur Guðnadóttir's score contributes to the feverish effect. This movie is proof that even the most familiar can begin anew.
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  • Denis Kajevic
    Denis Kajevic  10 hours back

    13:57 it scared me for a moment

    • PowerOf One
      PowerOf One  16 hours back

      Joker for POTUS.
      If they ever ever play the Riddler again then make him deep and dark and twisted and sooo evil.

      • Amogh Kulkarni
        Amogh Kulkarni  16 hours back

        Wow Zazie sounds surprisingly thoughtful about film matters. I thought she was just one of those flashy actors with no depth in films.

        • Graham Webster
          Graham Webster  1 days back

          Maybe we all have elements of Arthur Fleck within us.
          Just sayin.

          • rosa mia
            rosa mia  1 days back

            That movie was great and fantastic

            • Aerochalklate
              Aerochalklate  1 days back

              Zazie Beetz, holla at me

              actually isn’t her last name pronounced bates

              • M G
                M G  1 days back

                had to google pigeonholing

                • Livu S
                  Livu S  1 days back

                  I find it spooky that Frances's face is not visible while she speaks, only hair..

                  • Andrea Casarano
                    Andrea Casarano  1 days back

                    Phillips + Phoenix = Phreaking Phenomenal

                    • Clara Martins
                      Clara Martins  2 days back

                      i love how joaquin smiles at zazie

                      • Sabina M
                        Sabina M  2 days back

                        Joaquin is such a classy man

                        • Jerome Owen
                          Jerome Owen  2 days back

                          13:03 lol Robert Deniro eyes couldn't stop wonder

                          • Criss M
                            Criss M  2 days back

                            @dennismaryanski So, tell us more how “Joker”, is trash..?
                            People like you are the reason the film was made. Judging a film without having had seen it. Being a racist pig. Pssshh SMH

                            • Rochester Pawn & Gold
                              Rochester Pawn & Gold  3 days back

                              Could be the best acting performance ever

                              • Anastasia styles
                                Anastasia styles  3 days back

                                I adore Joaquin .He is so pure , funny,caring and sweet.Lets not talk about the talend !!

                                • BGz GamersVoid
                                  BGz GamersVoid  3 days back

                                  I'm on a Joker search engine addiction after watching the Brilliant film.

                                  Anyone else?

                                • Criss M
                                  Criss M  3 days back

                                  This movie is so much more than a statement. This is a mofo PSA to the world!

                                  • iresent doingthis
                                    iresent doingthis  3 days back

                                    'Joker' is a Classic piece of Cinema, when viewed with compassion.
                                    It addresses the plight of Fatherlessness, Class Warfare / Wealth Inequality, Child Abuse, Gaslighting
                                    an abused Kid, Repressed Trauma, Mental Health, the importance of Mental Health
                                    Services, Nationalised Health, Over Medication - Big pharma, News Media fanning
                                    the flames of violence,  Gun Violence, Loneliness , Isolation, Depression and how if we keep hurting each other and ignoring each other - If Anyone lived Arthur's Life - This could  very well be the end result -  The Film is done with loving attention and the seriousness it deserves WITHOUT Ramming down an obvious political agenda from either side of the Spectrum. But a compassionate look at a human being's
                                    downward spiral.

                                    "The child who is not embraced by the village will burn it down to feel its warmth." African proverb

                                    • anukul dutta
                                      anukul dutta  4 days back

                                      Joaquin and jack !hangover 4

                                      • Jennifer Sanchez
                                        Jennifer Sanchez  4 days back

                                        Everyone is like There’s nothing special to it we are just being actors

                                        • Suat 36
                                          Suat 36  4 days back

                                          14:53 phoenix thanks De Niro. Twice. So respectfull

                                          • gesbeatz
                                            gesbeatz  4 days back

                                            This crystalized joaquin as a great actor forever

                                            • Peter Sadler
                                              Peter Sadler  4 days back

                                              Robert de Niro...............!

                                              • Ahmet ENEREN
                                                Ahmet ENEREN  4 days back

                                                Was an intern holding the camera? I didn't notice De Niro was there until the half of the video.

                                                • BoeJanksy
                                                  BoeJanksy  5 days back

                                                  Anybody else notice the direct resemblance at 13:28 to the scene in the jail cell with Heath Ledger?

                                                  • admsitio
                                                    admsitio  5 days back

                                                    Robert, can you introduce me as Joaquin?

                                                    • IncorporatedOps
                                                      IncorporatedOps  5 days back

                                                      It's unbelievable how both Joaquin AND De Niro look so different from their characters in the movie. It just shows how exceptional the two actors are.

                                                      • Bojambu Work
                                                        Bojambu Work  5 days back

                                                        Do yourself a favor...skip the first 3 minutes

                                                        • Carolina Malca Becerra

                                                          11:33 Ohhh that smile! I'm in love <3

                                                          • plusgirlbworld
                                                            plusgirlbworld  5 days back

                                                            I think that was a dig, we enjoyed his other films too!

                                                            • Judah Cochrane
                                                              Judah Cochrane  5 days back

                                                              This movie sparked a lot of emotion from me personally and I found it very relatable

                                                              • Xlover NewmanPro
                                                                Xlover NewmanPro  5 days back

                                                                Translation for this entire interview ? ..."We here for da check!"

                                                                • mohamed hadjsaid
                                                                  mohamed hadjsaid  5 days back

                                                                  These 5 people just made half billions usd today 15th oct Incredible team did great work.

                                                                  • OneShot_PACATT
                                                                    OneShot_PACATT  5 days back

                                                                    13:41......De Niro’s response is just legendary😂 and @ 14:00....Joaquins honest reaction to loving Robert De niro when he says “yes...thats my hero” is priceless

                                                                    • Jetson
                                                                      Jetson  5 days back

                                                                      You are cool Mr Joaquin Phoenix

                                                                      • Rama Algifary
                                                                        Rama Algifary  5 days back

                                                                        joaquin phoenix there and said
                                                                        *this is how exactly what i imagined*

                                                                        • Lisa Capps
                                                                          Lisa Capps  6 days back

                                                                          This movie is EVERYTHING.

                                                                          • Teg
                                                                            Teg  6 days back

                                                                            lol those 2 guys are in love haha

                                                                            • Rob Riginio
                                                                              Rob Riginio  6 days back

                                                                              Best film I have seen in 12 years. (There will be Blood)

                                                                              • JG GJ
                                                                                JG GJ  6 days back

                                                                                robert de niro dgaf, respect

                                                                                • Boris Jelzin
                                                                                  Boris Jelzin  6 days back

                                                                                  Steve Rhoades made this movie ? ....dammned yeah :-)

                                                                                  • Donnie Brasco
                                                                                    Donnie Brasco  6 days back

                                                                                    12:58 Cameraman should move the camera. That´s his entire purpose. Otherwise a tripod is a much better and much cheaper option

                                                                                    • SiLvErIo AbReU
                                                                                      SiLvErIo AbReU  7 days back

                                                                                      I strangly enjoyed myself when he killed uhhhhhhhhhh nevermind what 🙄🙄

                                                                                      • Ashish Ramtekkar
                                                                                        Ashish Ramtekkar  7 days back

                                                                                        13:27 - Joaquin's clap gave me goosebumps donno why

                                                                                        • P S
                                                                                          P S  7 days back

                                                                                          Phoenix laughing with Deniro “my hero”, he should’ve broken out Arthur’s laugh LOL

                                                                                        • Spiritual Mystic
                                                                                          Spiritual Mystic  7 days back

                                                                                          The black woman is so hot! I want a woman like that !

                                                                                          • MAGACOP
                                                                                            MAGACOP  7 days back

                                                                                            I’d buss Zazie’s Ass.

                                                                                            • Guilherme
                                                                                              Guilherme  7 days back

                                                                                              Anderson Silva makes a great host