Joker star Joaquin Phoenix decided to offer moviegoers a surprise, turning up to various screenings of the newly-released DC film at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Los Angeles over the weekend. Phoenix apparently took the time to speak with fans, as well as pose for photos.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, those in attendance seemed excited by Phoenix's visits, applauding as he arrived, with one audience member in particular even given the actor a hug and praising his performance as the Clown Prince of Crime. Another fan was reportedly crying when she met Phoenix, telling him he "did such a great job."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, there was one appearance in particular in which Phoenix apologized for possibly ruining the movie by having the lights turned on early. However, one moviegoer shouted that the actor "didn't ruin anything." Later on, Phoenix said "I hope you liked [the movie]," before jokingly adding, "Don't tell me if you didn't. Even if you did, I don't want to know. But thanks so much."
Another noteworthy moment at one of Phoenix's appearances is when he was asked about his character's tendency to dance in the film, at which point he spoke to working with choreographer Michael Arnold. "He just started showing me a bunch of video footage of different dancers and you know, YouTube, you just get sucked down a hole and you start finding stuff," Phoenix said. "I don't really know where it came from. A lot of it we just kind of were discovering in the moment, like in the bathroom and the subway - it's something that [director] Todd [Phillips] and I just kind of figured out, like that day when we were shooting."
Tonight I saw the 9:10 Joker at Alamo Drafthouse. Before it started the house lights went up and Joaquin Phoenix legit walked to the front and thanked us for coming. Everyone went fucking nuts.— Julie Seabaugh (@julieseabaugh) October 6, 2019
It was my favorite part of the movie.
I shook Joaquin Phoenix’s hand tonight after seeing JOKER at the @DrafthouseLA, thus cementing my firm belief that both Alamo and Joaquin are the greatest in their respective fields.— Jeremiah Dollins (@ambivalent_man) October 6, 2019
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.