Just a movie… just entertainment or… is it too real and too inspiring?
The reviews of the Joker movie starring Joaquin Phoenix, as Arthur Fleck a.k.a. the Joker, cover a range of thoughts and feelings. Some suggest the bad guy is someone we Love to Hate and that just because we do, it doesn’t mean we’re on the bad guy’s side. Others suggest this movie has the potential to incite violence in the real world.
According to The Telegraph, journalist Robbie Collins asked the 44-year-old actor: “Aren’t you worried that this film might perversely end up inspiring exactly the kind of people it’s about, with potentially tragic results?”
“Why? Why would you…? No, no,” exclaimed Phoenix before abruptly leaving the room, per Collins.
Joaquin Phoenix “eventually returned to the interview, offering that he panicked because he had not genuinely considered the question before.” Recently he called playing the role of Joker “one of the greatest experiences of my career.”
Will Phoenix be a contender for best actor at the Oscars? Will Joker join the DC Universe? More on all of that: Here.
“Joker” opens in theaters on Oct. 4.