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A run-down toilet with a flickering fluorescent mild, a swooning piece of music and a few sluggish, deliberate strikes. Those spare elements go into crafting this downbeat however memorable second from “Joker.”
When the scene begins, Arthur Fleck (a.okay.a. the Joker, performed by Joaquin Phoenix) has simply had an intense, life-defining second and finds a toilet to gather and calm himself. He does so with a dance that the director Todd Phillips stated Phoenix got here up with on the day of the shoot. In his narration, Phillips discusses the music (by Hildur Gudnadottir), and the way he and Phoenix got here to vary the scene from what was in the script.