Warner Bros’ Joker movie is steadily picking up steam, and everyone is curious on what kind of Joker Joaquin Phoenix will bring to the screen. As it turns out, Phoenix doesn’t really care what the fans are going to think of his portrayal at all.
Talking to Indiewire, Phoenix says:
“It is ideal to be able to focus on one thing and not do press while you’re prepping for something else, which is not working out.”
Seeing that the Joker is one of the most iconic pop-culture villains of all-time, a lot of pressure is on Phoenix to deliver something great. And to that Phoenix says, “I could care less.” He continues:
“I don’t really think that much about what people think. Who cares, who cares? My approach to every movie is the same. What I’m interested in is the filmmaker and the idea of the character.”
It’s interesting that Phoenix should take this approach. Back when Heath Ledger was cast as the Joker, there was a lot of backlash from the fans as to the decision. Flash forward ten years later, and Ledger’s Joker is considered to be one of the most iconic versions ever performed. It’s only right that Phoenix shouldn’t care what people think and only focus on delivering a good performance.
Hopefully it doesn’t turn out like a Jared Leto situation where Leto put his all in the character only to have bits and pieces of his performance put in the final cut of the film. Leto is also said to get his own Joker movie soon, but it looks like a long way from now. After all, he’s signed up to play Morbius the Living Vampire for the SUMC.
Joker is set to come out Oct. 4, 2019.