The pressure of tackling an iconic comic book character such as The Joker is usually colossal, but apparently, it’s not something that bothers Joaquin Phoenix.
With its release scheduled on October 4, 2019, Todd Phillips’ Joker is all set to kick off production next month. Talented actors and actresses like Robert De Niro, Frances Conroy, Marc Maron and Zazie Beetz have joined the movie, but all eyes are set on Joaquin Phoenix, who’s been bestowed with the task of bringing the titular supervillain to life.
In a new interview, Phoenix reveals that he has already started preparing for the comic book role. He is a bit concerned that the press rounds for his upcoming release The Sisters Brothers are getting in his way. However, he is reluctant to feel any extra bit of pressure to conform to fan expectations about his portrayal of the Clown Prince of Crime. Speaking to IndieWire, the three-time Academy Award nominee claims:
I could care less. 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.
Phoenix is also not bothered by the scale of a blockbuster production like Joker. He adds:
If there’s something that feels unique, then I don’t really care what genre it is, what budget it is. Those things aren’t important. What gets my interest is examining people. Some of it is really fucking simple. It’s chemistry, it’s like what you look for in a lover. You know it when it happens.
Of course, Phoenix’s lack of enthusiasm about shouldering fan expectations doesn’t necessarily mean that he is any less sincere about the role. With his acting chops, we still expect him to pull off a great and memorable Joker next year.