Joaquin Phoenix surprises fans at Joker screenings on opening weekend. Phoenix decided to offer moviegoers a surprise, turning up to various screenings of the newly-released DC film at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Los Angeles over the weekend.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, those in attendance seemed excited by Phoenix’s visits, applauding as he arrived, with one audience member in particular even given the actor a hug and praising his performance as the Clown Prince of Crime. Another fan was reportedly crying when she met Phoenix, telling him he “did such a great job.”
Given the amount of tension and controversy surrounding Joker as of late – particularly due to ongoing concerns that the film could inspire mass shootings, perhaps a sudden surprise at the film’s screenings isn’t exactly what audience members want. However, in this particular case, audiences were reportedly overjoyed to see Phoenix, despite one particular screening where the lights came up too early (which the Joker star later apologised for). Phoenix answered questions (explaining to one fan who asked about Joker’s dancing in the film that it came from a combination of work with a choreographer, watching YouTube and in the moment spontaneity), shook hands and met fans. Though Phoenix was glad to see the outpouring of love for the film from audiences, he wasn’t ready to hear either complaints or praise. “I hope you liked [the movie],” he said during one screening, before joking, “Don’t tell me if you didn’t. Even if you did, I don’t want to know. But thanks so much.”
Directed by Todd Phillips, Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Douglas Hodge, Marc Maron, Josh Pais and Shea Whigham. The film is now in theaters.