Joaquin Phoenix terrified of starring in the Joker origin movie

Joaquin Phoenix is set to star in a Joker origin movie.


Joaquin Phoenix will star as the Joker in the next origins film about the iconic villain and explained Thursday of his feelings about working on a project with director Todd Phillips.

Philips directed “The Hangover” trilogy and “War Dogs,” and Phoenix told Collider that working with him on the Joker’s origin from the film “scared” of him.

“I take a lot of time and attention in making decisions, and what I’m going to always work,” Phoenix said. “I think [Phillips] is very impressive and he seems to have a very interesting understanding of this world and what he was trying to say… It feels unique, it is a world of its own, in some ways, and maybe especially, it scares the f—– – g s–t of me or something. It may as well be the thing that terrifies you the most.”


Phoenix said, a film that focuses on a villain is something that has always appealed to him, but he had never thought that a film about Joker, because “it’s just done.”

“Three or four years ago, I called my agent and said, ‘Why don’t they want any of these characters, and just a lower budget film about a film, but a character study, and why not one of the rogues?'” he told Collider.

“I thought,” this can’t be done, the Joker, because, you know, it’s just you can’t do that character, it’s just done,” he added.

Phoenix assured of the website that Phillips’ film is something unique.

“I wouldn’t quite consider it as a genre,” he said. “I would not say that it is a superhero film, or a film studio or…It feels unique.”

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.

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