15 Curious Facts about Joaquin Phoenix Who Plays the Joker That You Never Knew
There are movies made for the audience that captures our imagination instantly. But, there are also movies that go on to become iconic because of the brilliant portrayal of the character, the story line and of course brilliant acting. The latest and most acclaimed work to come out of Hollywood is the recent “The Joker” which is going on to cementing it’s name as one of the best movies in Hollywood history but more so because of the astounding performance of Joaquin Phoenix playing the lead character the maverick and psychotic Arthur Fleck who becomes The Joker. The movie
“Joker” Horrified many but it was a brutal, bare and honest depiction of the psychological suffering that many people go through that ultimately makes one snap and become the other version of themselves thinly disguised as breaking away and freedom from prison of their own psyche. Here are 15 facts about Joaquin Phoenix that not many know.
1The reason behind the scar on his lip
Everyone has noticed this handsome actor has a scar on his lips which sort of adds to his charisma. This scar was not the result of any sort of injury, accident or surgery gone wrong but he was born with it. So, it’s something he has had all his life and has become a part of the persona.
2His hometown is San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Phoenix was born in San Juan City in Puerto Rico in 1974, he is 3rd of the five siblings and has parents who are creative artists and have travelled through Central and South America. It was this time he was born and lived in San Juan for 3 months.
3Throughout his career, he has appeared in more than 30 films.
Not many people know but he has been in the acting industry for over 3 decades starting out as child artist. He was in front of the camera since he was 12 years old and then he also starred in movies like, Space camp, Gladiator, Her, Walk the line and many other fantastic movies in which he always made his signature mark.
4He’s been vegan since he was 3.
Joaquin is dead against cruelty against animals and has been a vegan since he was 3! He is currently associated with various organizations that protect animal rights and has personally carried out campaigns in the past to raise the awareness concerning animal abuse and brutality.
5It took him 4 months to achieve the Joker’s laugh.
Now that’s called professionalism and drive for perfection! The character’s laugh in the movie is complex portrayal of fear, insecurity and is prompted by a psychological condition that he suffers from which relates to epilepsy. Phoenix made sure that he got it right by doing extensive research and meeting with people with the same condition for months at a stretch to observe their mannerisms which he could imitate to perfection.