Ever since the release of Todd Phillips' Joker, the staircase in the Bronx where Arthur Fleck danced during his transformation into the titular Clown Prince of Crime has become a popular tourist spot. Joaquin Phoenix's dance down the stairway seems to have struck audiences for what it represented -- not just for the character -- but in the context of the messages Joker attempted to convey.
The scene was made all the more powerful by the magic of filmmaking and all the editing and musical elements that go with it. That being said, one fan recently uploaded a clip, revealing that they had managed to record Joaquin Phoenix in action on the set of Joker as the now-famous dance was being filmed. There is no audible music accompanying the actor's performance in the clip, and from a less dramatic angle, viewers can get a better look at Phoenix's performance as it was.
A lucky fan saw the ‘Joker’ stair scene happen in real time 🃏 pic.twitter.com/19TtUEEKGk— Culture Crave 🎥 (@CultureCrave) November 14, 2019
Despite the controversy that dominated conversation regarding Joker, the film opened to widespread critical acclaim and financial success. It continues to play in theatres and is expected to pass the $1 billion mark in earnings soon. When it does, it will become the first R-rated film to cross that threshold.
Directed by Todd Phillips, Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Douglas Hodge, Marc Maron, Josh Pais and Shea Whigham. The film is now in theaters.