When Joaquin Phoenix did the rounds of TV chat shows to promote new film Joker in 2019, he probably didn’t expect embarrassment. After all, Phoenix’s act as the Joker has been hailed as a highlight of the hugely successful film. But when Phoenix appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the host had a surprise for him when he played an outtake he’d found.
Method actor Phoenix is renowned for his commitment to his roles. To get into the part of Joker in the hit film released in 2019, he had to shed lots of weight. But that had its downsides; as he told the Daily Beast website, “You start to go mad when you lose that amount of weight in that amount of time.”