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Joaquin Phoenix Says His Dreams Were Different While Filming 'Joker'

Joaquin Phoenix is on the cover of W Magazine‘s Volume 1. Best Performances issue, out on newsstands on February 4.

Here’s what the Joker star had to say…

On whether he’s had dance training: “Yes. And I worked with a choreographer for Joker. Normally, I don’t like talking about character with anyone other than the director, but the choreographer gave me a vocabulary that informed the role. I wanted to go from joy and euphoria to something painful. Dance gave me that language. And hunger.”

On whether he had trouble shaking off the character: “Well, I was living like a hermit because I was on an extreme diet. You can’t really socialize when you’re not eating or drinking.”

On whether his dreams were different: “Yes. I was always dreaming about food. I’d dream that I ate a huge meal. And I’d wake up feeling so guilty.”

For more from Joaquin, head to WMagazine.com.

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Martin Scorsese Has Only Seen Clips of 'Joker' - Here's What He Thinks of the Film So Far!

Martin Scorsese isn’t in a rush to see Joker.

The acclaimed director, who made headlines criticizing Marvel films for not being “cinema,” weighed in on the popular Todd Phillips movie.

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“I saw clips of it. I know it. So it’s like, why do I need to? I get it. It’s fine,” he explained to the New York Times.

At the same time, Martin revealed that he enjoyed Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite.

If you didn’t know, Martin‘s daughter trolled him with some hilarious Christmas wrapping paper. Find out more!

READ MORE: Martin Scorsese’s Daughter Wrapped His Christmas Presents with Marvel Wrapping Paper After He Slammed the Franchise

Director Todd Phillips 'Didn't Subscribe' To Negative Response To The Violence in 'Joker'!

Todd Phillips is opening up about the negative criticism his film Joker received for it’s heavy violence.

“I just didn’t subscribe to that bullshit thing, quite frankly, that was happening in the media,” the 49-year-old Golden Globe-nominated director told The Hollywood Reporter as part of their roundtable interview with top directors.

“They just pick a movie every so often and declare it means something that it doesn’t,” Todd continued. “We had think pieces being written where people proudly wrote, ‘I haven’t seen the movie. I don’t need to see the movie. Then they would write two pages about why the movie is bad.’”

“We were struggling to get Joker made, which sounds funny because it exists in the superhero world, but it’s really not one of those movies. We had a really hard time getting that film made, which seems insane today seeing how well the movies done,” Todd added. “We spent a year at Warner Bros., and I saw emails back and forth, literally, where they said, “Does he realize we sell Joker pajamas at Target?” I go, “Didn’t movies come first and pajamas come second? Are the pajamas dictating the movies?’”

READ MORE: Joaquin Phoenix’s ‘Joker’ Wins Top Prize at Venice Film Festival

'Joker' Sequel in the Works After Massive Box Office Success!

A Joker sequel is in the works, with director of the first film, Todd Phillips in talks to return!

Warner Bros. has sequel options in place for the star, Joaquin Phoenix, to return as well, THR reports.

Joker just crossed the $1 billion mark at the box office, and is the fourth DC movie to do so behind 2018′s Aquaman ($1.15 billion), 2012′s The Dark Knight Rises ($1.08 billion) and 2008′s The Dark Knight ($1 billion).

Scott Silver will reportedly write the screenplay for the second movie after writing the first movie, as well.

Find out how the Joker movie became the first in history to do THIS at the box office.

Donald Trump Hosted a White House Screening of 'Joker'

Donald Trump is apparently a fan of Joker.

The President of the United States hosted a special screening of the record-breaking Joaquin Phoenix-led film inside of the White House on Saturday night (November 16), according to CNN reporter Shimon Prokupecz.

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A senior White House official confirmed to Yahoo News that guests included “family, friends, and some staff.”

A Senior White House official said “Trump liked the film,” according to the report.

In addition, scenes shot at Trump‘s Manhattan headquarters, Trump Tower, were featured in Dark Knight Rises in 2012.

READ MORE: ‘Joker’ Becomes the First R-Rated Movie in History to Hit $1 Billion

'Joker' Becomes the First R-Rated Movie in History to Hit $1 Billion

Joker is continuing to make history.

The Joaquin Phoenix-led film will become the first R-rated movie in history to cross $1 billion at the box office, Variety reported on Friday (November 15).

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Joker is the seventh movie, and first that’s not from Disney or Marvel, to cross the billion mark in 2019. It’s the fourth Warner Bros. movie overall, following Aquaman, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises to do so.

With a $62.5 million budget, it’s become one of the most profitable movies of all time.

READ MORE: Joaquin Phoenix Addresses If Arthur Fleck is The Real Joker

Joaquin Phoenix Addresses If Arthur Fleck is The Real Joker

Joaquin Phoenix is addressing if his Joker is the real Joker.

During a recent interview, the 45-year-old actor talked about whether or not he thinks his character Arthur Fleck is the real Joker aka Batman’s greatest enemy.

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“I mean, to me, yes he is,” Joaquin shared with The Los Angeles Times.

At the time Joker takes place, Bruce Wayne is a child and his parents die in the riot that Arthur’s transformation into the Joker set off. After watching the movie, many fans started to wonder if Arthur Fleck is the same Joker that Bruce goes on to battle as he grows up, or if someone else takes on Arthur’s legacy.

To Joaquin and director Todd Phillips, that’s exactly what they wanted viewers to think.

“There was something that was great about the mystery of it,” Joaquin continued. “Todd and I talked a lot about how this is one of the few opportunities that you have where people don’t expect to know the definitive truth of the character — and not only that, they probably don’t want it. Usually, the demands of the movie are the opposite. I said, ‘We have to take advantage of that. Why would we not?’”

Joker is out in theaters now.