Over the last few weeks, the DC Comics movie Joker has been under a lot of scrutinies over how it depicts violence, with some critics claiming that its glorification could be misconstrued and inspire violent acts. But late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel has a very different criticism of the movie, and it’s one that has brought a lot of fans coming to the defense of actor Joaquin Phoenix after his appearance on the show. Phoenix appeared on the last night when the host played a clip of Phoenix berating Joker cinematographer Lawrence Sher, putting him on the spot about what he was saying in the outtake.
Apologies for the obscene language
In the clip, Phoenix is criticizing Sher until he gets to the point where he can’t continue the scene, walking out of the frame.
“The constant whispering just shut the f— up dude. I’m trying to like to find something real. [ bleep ] dude. F—. Sorry, f—. It’s not a big deal. It’s not a big deal. Yeah, it kinda is. F—. I know you started the f— Cher thing, Larry. F—- ] making fun of me. Like I’m a f— diva. It’s not even an insult. Cher, really? Singer, actor, dancer, fashion icon — how’s that a f— insult? F— I can’t do this, man.”
Phoenix went on to apologize for his words after Kimmel played the clip.
“Look, sometimes, sometimes movies get intense, because you’re a lot of people in a small space and you’re trying to find something,” Phoenix says. “So you can feel intense, but um, that was supposed to be private. I’m sorry you guys had to see that.”
He added, “I am sorry, but he did whisper constantly while we’re trying to work, and sometimes it’s really hard to find the emotion you’re after, so it was wrong of me, I’m sorry, but he shouldn’t have done it.”
Regardless, fans attacked Kimmel for his interview with Phoenix and how it played out.
I really feel bad for Joaquin Phoenix in this interview. Jimmy Kimmel just makes fun of him the whole time. pic.twitter.com/XOPCXFclkg
— Sauce_Tin_Brady (@austinbrady8398) October 2, 2019
this joaquin phoenix interview on jimmy kimmel is so awkward jesus christ
— 2 (@johan_silentio) October 2, 2019
This jimmy kimmel interview with joaquin phoenix is awkward af what was he thinking sharing that outtake video #smh
— Pritzzzzz (@prit3351) October 2, 2019
Is it just me or is Jimmy Kimmel a total asshole ? Awkward and belittling conversation with Joaquin Phoenix tonight 🤦🏼♀️ No need for that kind of shit Jimmy !
— Kimwheatbourgeois24 (@kimbourgeois241) October 2, 2019
I finally watched the Jimmy Kimmel interview with Joaquin Phoenix and holy shit.
Jimmy is an asshole for allowing that "OUTTAKE" to be shown. He especially didn't make Joaquin comfortable after realizing that it was a bad idea. pic.twitter.com/mteK3oiBzS
— TimeClaud (@ClaudioLeitaoSA) October 2, 2019