Dance scenes in Joker play an important role. Pic courtesy: io9.gizmodo.com

Joaquin Phoenix’s performance as Batman’s psychotic arch-nemesis in Todd Phillips’ Joker has drawn a lot of praise. There was  one still of the movie which has continued to baffle fans. It’s that of Phoenix as Joker dancing on some steps. So why does the Crown prince of crime does do much dancing?

Why Does Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Dance?

Dance scenes in Joker play an important role. Pic courtesy: io9.gizmodo.com
Dance scenes in Joker play an important role. Pic courtesy: io9.gizmodo.com

The tale begins from Tim Burton’s Batman (1989). There Jack Nicholson had to do some fancy footwork as Joker. But Nicholson’s Joker had to dance in one scene only to show off his larger than life personality. Whereas, Phoenix’s Joker has to dance to settle more comfortably in his own skin.

Todd Phillips confirmed that Arthur Fleck was only going to dance in one of the early scenes of the movie. He said:

“The only dancing in the script was the  dancing obviously as a clown in the beginning. This isn’t really much of a dance; it’s a performance. But the dancing on the stairs was there. Other than that, we didn’t do it, but when we start talking about Arthur, we started talking about music and having music in him and that kind of thing.”

Extra Dance Scene Added In Joker By Joaquin Phoenix

One dance scene was improvised by Phoenix. Pic courtesy: polygon.com
One dance scene was improvised by Phoenix. Pic courtesy: polygon.com

Originally Fleck was only going to dance during the sign-spinning scene and another scene atop the stairs.

When it comes to Joker, Phoenix went off script to add his own flair to his character. Phillips also revealed that:

“The scene in the bathroom where he just starts dancing. That’s not in the script; that’s not in the thing. That’s just something that kind of evolved like ‘Oh, this is a moment where we can show that it’s kind of fighting to get out.’ But I love the dancing in the movie. I think we should have more of it.”

Joker is already getting impressive reviews. This movie hits theatres on October 4.

To know about Joker’s various origin stories, click on the video below:

(Source: cbr.com and vox.com)

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