Joaquin Phoenix’s upcoming movie, ‘Joker’ has been garnering a lot of praise in anticipation of its release. It’s a version of the DC character that isn’t strictly based on DC’s Batman canon. Unlike other films featuring the Joker character, he is the focus of the movie rather than merely an antagonist. It was previously revealed that the film will be set in the 1970s or 1980s, so apparently it will have generic old-timely looks for Millennials and a fond nostalgia for us Gen-Xers.
As usual with significant cinematic releases, Phoenix has been making the rounds, conducting interviews to promote the film. While he was involved in a recent interview with The Telegraph, a line of questioning came up that Phoenix didn’t appreciate.
The Telegraph interviewer asked Phoenix:
“[Are you] worried that this film might perversely end up inspiring exactly the kind of people it’s about, with potentially tragic results?”
The question was clearly disturbing to Phoenix, as he began to mutter:
“Why would you…? No… no.”
Then he promptly walked out of the interview. The Joker wasn’t laughing. He did return an hour later after the journalist apparently worked out some kind of “peace-brokering” (an apology?) with Warner Bros. Phoenix later explained that the question hadn’t crossed his mind before and then wondered what an intelligent answer would have sounded like.