Joaquin Phoenix on his role as the Clown Prince of Crime: “It Scares the Shit Out of Me”

MORE IN Collider, Phoenix just opened up about taking on the role, which has notoriously been one that seems to push actors into some pretty dark places.

“I think [Todd Phillips] is very impressive and he seems to have a very interesting understanding of this world and what he’s trying to say. And so there is something very appealing about that and working with him on this particular project,” Phoenix told the site. “It feels unique, it is its own world in some ways, and maybe, mostly, it scares the fucking shit out of me or something. It might as well be the thing that scares you the most.”

The curse of the Joker notion has floated through pop culture for a few decades.. Heath Ledger killed himself shortly after his iconic and BATMAN-changing role as the character..

Jack Nicholson said he warned Ledger..

Jared Leto: He’s admitted he found the role very challenging, and said he remained in character for most of the shoot, spending most of his time alone. Leto even went so far as to send a rat to Margot Robbie and a dead pig to the rest of the cast..

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