Why Joaquin Phoenix Walked Out Of ‘Joker’ Interview
'Joker' star Joaquin Phoenix has been tipped to win an Oscar for his latest role.
However, in a recent interview about the Batman character's origin story, the actor walked out after being asked if he believed his character could inspire real-life violence.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Phoenix was asked by the interviewer if he thought that Joker “might perversely end up inspiring exactly the kind of people it’s about, with potentially tragic results?”
Phoenix replied, "Why would you…? No… no," to the interviewer before walking out for an hour, however, he later returned after the journalist did some "peace-brokering with a Warner Bros PR".
It comes after director Todd Phillips spoke to the New York Times, telling them that the actor would stun co-stars by storming off on set without a word.
“In the middle of the scene, he’ll just walk away and walk out. And the poor other actor thinks it’s them and it was never them ― it was always him, and he just wasn’t feeling it,” Phillips said.
Phoenix has been tipped to nab an Oscar for his performance, following Heath Ledger's posthumous award as best supporting actor for his own 'Joker' performance.
Phoenix, however, has admitted he believes “people are gonna be mad” that Joker doesn’t “follow anything” from the original comic books.
“We didn’t follow anything from the comic books, which people are gonna be mad about," he said.
“We just wrote our own version of where a guy like Joker might come from.
“That’s what was interesting to me. We’re not even doing Joker, but the story of becoming Joker. It’s about this man.”
'Joker' hits Australian cinemas October 3.
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