Filming on Joaquin Phoenix and Todd Phillips’ Joker has gotten off to an unpleasant start, to say the least. The production is accused of locking background extras in a subway car and denying them bathroom breaks.
The background actors were locked in a train car at a Brooklyn subway station for over three hours, according to TMZ, and repeated requests for bathroom breaks were denied. The extras are said to have banged on the doors and windows of the car for some time, before resorting to more drastic measures and urinating on the subway tracks from the small spaces between cars.
The Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists has received a complaint about “a break time violation” on the production and sent a rep to the set to resolve the situation and monitor future interactions on set, if needed.
Warner Bros. is also reported to be looking into the issue.
Directed and co-written by Todd Phillips, Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix as the title character, along with Robert De Niro, Marc Maron, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, and Bill Camp. The movie is scheduled to be released on October 4, 2019.