A new set video from Todd Phillips’ Joker movie finds star Joaquin Phoenix in full clown disguise once again, but this time he’s clearly having a bad day.
The video shows Phoenix’s character, Arthur Fleck, in a Gotham City phone booth on a call, only to get some bad news on the line, which reduces him to tears. It appears he’s enduring an emotional breakdown, doubled-over and sobbing from whatever he heard.
It’s a much different attitude from the initial makeup test footage officially released, which painted Phoenix in a crazy, eerie light, as well as from the first image of him in this particular getup.
There may be more to this scene than meets the eye though, because — if the film indeed follows Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke — this could be the unlucky comedian’s breaking point where he goes full-on criminal. In the comic, he takes on a job to rob a chemical plant and ends up falling into a vat of chemicals, which turns him into the Joker.
Until we get confirmation, all we know is Phillips will call on Phoenix’s full-range of emotions for the role, leaving fans wondering how the character will stack up against the likes of Heath Ledger and Jack Nicholson as he becomes the Clown Prince of Crime.
Directed and co-written by Todd Phillips, Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix as the titular character along with Robert De Niro, Marc Maron, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, and Bill Camp. It is scheduled to be released on October 4, 2019.
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