Joaquin Phoenix's Joker has been on an epic roll since the day it hit the screens, as it is still doing amazingly well at the box office and fans are already waiting for a sequel, however, Joaquin Phoenix, the man who brought Arthur Fleck to life in the 2019 hit, is not so sure about that.
While not rejecting the idea of a sequel completely, Phoenix is rather assertive that he would not do a sequel just because the prequel was a hit.
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In a recent interview with the LA Times, the actor shed some light on the subject. “I wouldn't just do a sequel just because the first movie is successful, that's ridiculous.” He went on to add, “Long before the release or before we had any idea if it would be successful, we talked about sequels. In the second or third week of shooting, I was like, 'Todd, can you start working on a sequel? There's way too much to explore.' It was kind of in jest - but not really.”
Phoenix feels that he is not really comfortable with the idea of repetition and completely dreads it. “I guess the fear was that you'd get locked into doing something repeatedly that you don't really care about, that doesn't motivate you or excite you,” Phoenix said during the interview.”
Well, we totally agree with him. Given a man of Phoenix' talent and stature, rolling out a sequel would require the makers to completely overhaul the script and the concept from the first instalment. Phoenix is a perfectionist and clearly, he is not going to be part of a sequel just for the heck of it.
“Part of the whole attraction to me (of Joker) was there was no expectation. I didn't sign a deal to do (more movies). It was a one-off,” he added.
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For those who have seen the movie, they have widely praised the actor for his transformative portrayal of the man who becomes the Joker. It wasn't a cakewalk for the actor as he had to lose 23.5kgs for the character. At a press conference, he had said, “The first thing was the weight loss, that's really what I started with. As it turns out, that impacts your psychology, and you really start to go mad when you lose that much weight in that amount of time."
Apart from Joaquin, the film stars Dante Pereira Olson, who plays the young Bruce Wayne and Douglas Hodge, who plays the role of the Wayne Manor butler, Alfred Pennyworth.
Directed by Todd Phillips, Joker chronicles the origins of Batman's most notorious arch-enemy.
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