Watch Joaquin Phoenix Do a Creepy Dance in ‘Joker’ | Anatomy of a Scene

A run-down bathroom with a flickering fluorescent light, a swooning piece of music and some slow, deliberate moves. Those spare ingredients go into crafting this downbeat but memorable moment from “Joker.”
When the scene begins, Arthur Fleck (a.k.a. the Joker, played by Joaquin Phoenix) has just had an intense, life-defining moment and finds a bathroom to collect and calm himself. He does so with a dance that the director Todd Phillips said Phoenix came up with on the day of the shoot. In his narration, Phillips discusses the music (by Hildur Gudnadottir), and how he and Phoenix came to change the scene from what was in the script.
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  1. Γιώργος Γραμματικάκης

    Γιώργος Γραμματικάκης11 orë më parë

    Τhe joker movie has a social and political character that punches the establishment. The movie touched me a

  2. Daniel Gallimore

    Daniel Gallimore15 orë më parë

    I loved this movie and i will see it a second time

  3. AcCeSsDeNiEd65

    AcCeSsDeNiEd6518 orë më parë

    I want to see joker dance on stairs again!

  4. U U

    U U19 orë më parë

    This Is a Masterpiece! You need to Have Every Scene in the Movie with Thought Contained Inside. Not Showing hundreds of Superheros just to Fill up the Screen.

  5. Aleksandar Ilijasevic

    Aleksandar Ilijasevic19 orë më parë

    Who care about the Oscar, everybody knows this is outstanding acting performance

  6. qυєєη lєкα

    qυєєη lєкα19 orë më parë

    Isn’t it Tai Chi?

  7. rose rose

    rose rose20 orë më parë


  8. Warganet Ganteng

    Warganet Ganteng23 orë më parë

    I believe this dancing scene already become a cult classic


    DEAD POOLDitë më parë

    Joker begin

  10. Love GOD, Times Square Media Productions

    Love GOD, Times Square Media ProductionsDitë më parë

    Anton river Hollywood producer, suffocating a sick woman because you were abused by a crazy boyfriend messes up the script there's no Poetic Justice there

  11. blessie navarro

    blessie navarroDitë më parë

    This is my favorite scene....

  12. Ishan Mishra

    Ishan MishraDitë më parë

    Creepy? Nope, beautiful.

  13. Alvin Paul

    Alvin PaulDitë më parë

    I thought he was performing taichi

  14. Mariam Abdul Basit

    Mariam Abdul BasitDitë më parë

    Actually, it wasn't creepy at all... good job there, JP :*

  15. Stian Azarov

    Stian AzarovDitë më parë

    Lol i thought he was doing taichi

  16. Kelly Xiong

    Kelly XiongDitë më parë

    He better win an Oscar man! Great film!!!!

  17. Thel4bel tlb

    Thel4bel tlbDitë më parë

    This is brilliant

  18. Kirstie Hiorns

    Kirstie HiornsDitë më parë

    I haven't seen it. but I feel it's a sad and lonely depiction. the inspiration came from batman with jack the joker who was a delight in humor and the bizarre. however this film could be an indulgence in suffering and the worst form of rejection from all you lovely people. so why do it. is it creative? just an indulgence in suffering and that's why people walked out.

  19. Tony A

    Tony ADitë më parë

    Imagine when the curtains go up when he collects his oscar.

  20. Lil Chaos

    Lil ChaosDitë më parë

    I'm going to legit be crying

  21. Ryan C

    Ryan CDitë më parë

    Loved this scene

  22. jeonlyxoxo

    jeonlyxoxoDitë më parë

    I love this dance so much. I love how unpredictable the whole story is....

  23. Monica Duong

    Monica DuongDitë më parë

    Absolutely stunning

  24. i hates you

    i hates youDitë më parë

    This kind of dance in classic movement in land between malaysia and thailand.. we callit.. MAKYONG..

  25. Karthik Nagarajan

    Karthik NagarajanDitë më parë

    This movie wonderfully shows how everybody are born kind and compassionate but bullied and broken down to seek refuge in indifference. This movie will have a profound impact on the way we look at the world and others. Everybody is battling against something. So take a moment to show some care and decency. This movie deserves Oscar.

  26. Techtrash games

    Techtrash gamesDitë më parë

    like a caterpillar out of its cocoon turning into a lush butterfly ... released and full.

  27. Amit Jadhav

    Amit JadhavDitë më parë

    Honestly I didn't like this movie...

  28. GtyMike

    GtyMikeDitë më parë

    I should practice this dance for the Halloween party

  29. aeon lincoln

    aeon lincolnDitë më parë

    0:52 So that's how you pronounce her name. :)

  30. browneyeblues12

    browneyeblues12Ditë më parë

    Why title it as 'creepy' tho? The dance is so much more than that...

  31. Germs

    GermsDitë më parë

    I’ve always liked the joker better than Batman

  32. Ian Longo

    Ian Longo2 ditë më parë

    I liked the scene but I think that it could be a little different. Like, Arthur goes into the bathroom, looks at the mirror like "what have I done" and stares at it for a moment and then starts to dance.

  33. Uraia Lagidamudamu

    Uraia Lagidamudamu2 ditë më parë

    I haven't even watched it yet but i'm already obsessed over it !

  34. Jonah T

    Jonah T2 ditë më parë

    This scene blew me away.

  35. ASMR BUZZ Eng-Spa-Ita

    ASMR BUZZ Eng-Spa-Ita2 ditë më parë

    It hasn't been good year for me, this movie is been like a gift to me. It's like I can feel miserably understood

  36. moongirl786

    moongirl786Ditë më parë

    It's refreshing isn't it, to see depression and mental illness recognized, and especially the impact a cruel society can have. For me it was a bit surreal, as for me I was looking back on an earlier period in my life and wishing this had come out back then

  37. dsvet

    dsvet2 ditë më parë

    This "dance" was very Tai Chi ish I thought.

  38. Animez4u

    Animez4u2 ditë më parë

    Hey people I usually don't ask for likes but help my comment get to the top if you can so others can see this and to also know bout JP past childhood as well. It's bout the dance scenes in the Joker. So basically like director said this whole scene is improvised cause they originally had the Joker come into the bathroom to clean himself up and then leave. But come to find out JP grew up in an poor family. Well, not actually poor they was more so hippies during the 60s who ended up joining an cult and then moving to San Juan, Puerto Rico to grow and spread their cult there. But eventually they left cause the cult cause it wasn't good for there kids being around people like that. So yes, JP isn't even American and he grew up with hippie parents which is why he's probably vegan. His family was poor since they was in an cult and had no where to live. So what they would do is have their kids (they had 5 all together one who died of drug OD) dance/be street performers to earn money so they can at least have an meal to eat by the end so they can eat as an family. So JP dancing in Joker comes from his past childhood and him having to dance on the streets of San Juan, Puerto Rico for food and money during the late 70s/80s. I knew his dancing look like that of hippie dancing or dance moves from 70s/80s. I'm pretty sure Todd didn't bring this up since it's an family isusue for JP but man finding this out and seeing how he just dance at times as the Joker made him bring the character to life even more. Just search up JP tragic past here on ALworks or search it up. It's like an 10 min video bout his past and childhood here on ALworks.

  39. imnotwatchin

    imnotwatchin2 ditë më parë

    And So, JOKER is born !

  40. What you lookin at

    What you lookin at2 ditë më parë

    it's called Tai Chi

  41. Kinto \\》

    Kinto \\》2 ditë më parë

    My goodness, the Joker movie will leave a mark in our history!! What a Masterpiece !!

  42. Shadow

    Shadow2 ditë më parë

    This is Michael Jacksons smooth criminal regurgitated Hollywood is out of ideas

  43. Jesse Enrique

    Jesse Enrique2 ditë më parë

    It's like he's doing Qigong and all that energy is being directed into his new persona

  44. xiomana xoxoxo

    xiomana xoxoxo2 ditë më parë


  45. ninnoseven

    ninnoseven2 ditë më parë

    Wasn't great. Wasn't terrible. Definitely strange. Keep in mind. This is the Joker.. The freaking Joker.. They made him a normal, everyday, washout that happens to be psychotic. Gave him a 38 and face paint. Dropped ball....

  46. Brion McManus

    Brion McManus2 ditë më parë

    Not since Clark Gable, Gone with the Wind is this going to be a slam dunk winner for the 2019 Academy Award!

  47. Alex Riley

    Alex Riley2 ditë më parë

    I thought he was doing tai chi

  48. Linda Dawn

    Linda Dawn2 ditë më parë

    Bigoted comments published by NYT are disgusting.

  49. e creative

    e creative2 ditë më parë


  50. Carito L

    Carito L2 ditë më parë

    Marvelous scene👏🏼One of my favorites too. I think, in a couple of years Joaquin can become a director as well.

  51. Erod

    Erod2 ditë më parë


  52. mellow magic

    mellow magic2 ditë më parë

    Looks like he was doing a Joker version of tai chi.

  53. jorge 88

    jorge 882 ditë më parë

    I want a movie about El diablos origin story you know the fire guy from suicide squad man suicide squad was a trash movie tho

  54. Odysseus

    Odysseus2 ditë më parë

    Not creepy... But beautiful.

  55. Star Lah

    Star Lah2 ditë më parë

    The dancing in this scene is phenomal...beautiful, mesmerising...


    SOFTSHALLOW2 ditë më parë

    What makes me happy Gary Glitter will not be getting royalties from the film for the song Rock n Roll part 2 because he does not have the rights to it anymore.

  57. Conner Grant

    Conner Grant2 ditë më parë

    "Nothing can hurt me anymore." - Joker

  58. LoRd HuMunGuS

    LoRd HuMunGuS2 ditë më parë

    Birth of Joker in that scene

  59. MbTheGreat

    MbTheGreat2 ditë më parë

    he really dropped a gun in a CHILDRENS hospital and told a child “shh” 🤣🤣

  60. Stephanie Dee

    Stephanie Dee2 ditë më parë

    It looks like a mix of ballet and Tai chi

  61. Ghost of Buchenwald

    Ghost of Buchenwald2 ditë më parë

    Joker is being born....

  62. Adri Roy Choudhury

    Adri Roy Choudhury2 ditë më parë

    You wanna know how I got this (o)scars' ? ~ J.P (2019)