Audiences had the opportunities to see different live-action takes of the Joker on the big screen over the years. The most well-known feature of the Joker’s personality is his mad laugh. Joaquin Phoenix reveals how he was able to find the right laugh for his latest film, Joker.
During an interview with Il Vernerdi, an Italian magazine, Phoenix mentioned the research process that he did to find the Joker’s frightening laugh:
“I saw videos showing people suffering from pathological laughter, a psychic dysfunction that makes mimicry uncontrollable.”
What Phoenix is referring to, is in fact, a real condition called, Pathological Laughter or Crying (PLC). It forces people, who have the condition, to go through uncontrollable amounts of laughter or crying. It can deeply affect people’s lives. With the research that Phoenix has done on the character, it will be interesting to see if his version will connect with the audiences when it comes out in theaters.
With a release date in the fall, the film will surely try to make an awards push, specifically for Joaquin Phoenix’s performance. Before it even hits theaters worldwide in October, the studio is looking to place its supervillain featured in some prestigious festivals. Director Todd Phillips is putting the finishing touches on the Joker for its world premiere at the Venice film festival.
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Joker will hit theaters everywhere, October 4.
The film stars Joaquin Phoenix, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Douglas Hodge, Marc Maron, Josh Pais, and Shea Whigham.