Joaquin Phoenix admitted he went a little "mad" after losing 24kgs for his Joker role

Joaquin Phoenix admitted he went a little "mad" after losing 24kgs for his Joker role

02 Sep 2019

*insert psychotic joker laugh*

While there still hasn't been any proper reviews on DC Comic's upcoming movie 'Joker,' early reports from the Venice Film Festival said that the film sounds pretty promising.

Star Joaquin Phoenix and the movie’s director, Todd Phillips, talked to reporters at the event and spoke about their experiences while shooting the anti-hero movie.

The movie itself follows the story of Arthur Fleck; a failed stand-up comedian turned criminal who is slowly losing his mind every day. Of course, if any of you follow the comic, you'd know just how complex and difficult the Joker's character is, and to depict this, Joaquin came up with a way to lose a bit of himself too.

Phoenix threw himself into playing the Joker by losing so much weight, he went mad. Yup, that's right, the star lost around 24 kilograms in a short amount of time, and admitted that shedding the weight made him lose himself psychologically.

"The first thing for us was the weightloss - I think that's really what I started with," he told The Hollywood Reporter at a Venice Film Festival press conference. "And, as it turns out, that then affects your psychology. You start to go mad when you lose that amount of weight in that amount of time.

The DC Comics supervillain is an iconic role in comic book cinema, and the filmmakers had "a lot of freedom because Joker never really had an origins story in the comics," said Phillips, the director. And because of this, Phoenix was determined to play the Joker in his own way.

"For me, the attraction to make this film and this character were that we were going to approach it in our own way," he mused. "So for me, I didn't refer to past interpretations of the character."

Watch the movie's trailer below:

Joker will debut in cinemas on October 4th.