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Joker‘s 44-year-old star spoke about his process to The Associated Press, why he doesn’t necessarily want to give a playbook about how he did it.

Insecurities of his methods

“Some of it just feels personal. I don’t know. Maybe I also get insecure, and I go like,’ He shouldn’t be reading that. That’s a stupid thing to read. Who would study that?’ I’m afraid that I might say something that there’ll be some other great actor that I admire that was like. This guy doesn’t know what he’s doing. That’s a terrible idea. Why would you ever study that?’”

The weight loss journey

A scene from the trailer of Joker
A scene from the trailer of Joker

“Once you reach the target weight, everything changes. Like so much of what’s difficult is waking up every day and being obsessed over like 0.3 pounds. Right? And you really develop like a disorder. I mean, it’s wild. But I think the interesting thing for me is what I had expected and anticipated with the weight loss was these feelings of dissatisfaction, hunger, a certain kind of vulnerability and weakness. But what I didn’t anticipate was this feeling of kind of fluidity that I felt physically…”

Advantages of experimenting

“There seemed to be an infinite number of ways to interpret every moment or how he might behave at any moment. And there wasn’t anything that didn’t make sense. So we would do scenes so many different ways and some I would cry and others I would make jokes and others I would be angry, and it would be the same scene and they all (expletive) made sense, and that’s so rare.”

Disadvantages of the same

Iconic scene from Joker
Iconic scene from Joker

“For the first time in probably 25 years, I watched dailies. So, Todd and I would talk about which takes we thought worked. But my favorite scene, what both of us thought was my best scene because of a particular take, that scene is not in the movie.”

Source: Indiatoday, Skystatement

 

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