Joaquin Phoenix Claims He Went A Bit Mad After Losing Over 50 Pounds For ‘Joker’ Role

Published On September 3, 2019 » 215 Views» By Z-rowe »

If you think Joaquin Phoenix is playing the ‘Joker‘ role a little too well in the upcoming film, it might be because he was actually going mad while filming the movie.

Phoenix had to dramatically transform his body for the role. He claims to have lost a little over 50 pounds in an unhealthy amount of time.

He told The Hollywood Reporter that the dramatic weight loss messed with his mind…

The first thing for us was the weight loss – I think that’s really what I started with. It turns out that [losing a lot of weight very quickly] affects your psychology. You start to go mad.

I can imagine. To lose over 50 pounds, he must have been restricting his calories to 1200 or below, which is pretty insane for an adult male.

Thankfully, the hard work looks like it’s going to pay off for him. He’s already getting Oscar buzz for his performance in the movie, not that he really cares about the awards…but it’s still nice.

The ‘Joker’ film just premiered at the Venice Film Festival and reportedly received an eight-minute standing ovation, which sounds a little ridiculous if you ask me. I don’t care how great a movie is, I’m not going to stand there for eight minutes while slamming my hands together until they go numb.

In any event, ‘Joker’ will hit theaters October 4, 2019.




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