Joker seems to be breaking each and every record in the Film industry. Ever since Joaquin Phoenix starred Joker had released it has earned tremendous amount of respect from the critics.
While Todd Phillips merits credit for bringing the universe of Gotham alive through the movie, Joaquin Phoenix had a major part to play in acquiring minimal unforeseen minutes that made Arthur Fleck an amazingly intriguing character whom you really wanted to pull for even while he committed violent acts.
One such minute was during a scene in Arthur’s home, where he’s demonstrated to battle with a sleeping disorder and moves into the refrigerator. As per cinematographer Lawrence Sher nobody ever realized what would be happening right then.
“While some scenes were very planned out, like when he’s in the phone booth or walking up the stairs, others had no plan at all. When he climbed in the refrigerator, we had no idea he was going to do that. We set up two camera positions, and Joaquin just thought about what he would do if he was a massive insomniac. Again, we lit it so he could go anywhere, and the first and only time he did it, we were mesmerized. I remember thinking, ‘What is he doing? Did he just crawl in the fridge?’ It was as fun and weird for us to watch it, too.”
Another unexpected moment took place in the bathroom of the subway after Arthur commits his first murder and celebrates it.
“Joaquin created that whole dance and, after the success of that scene, we started creating more moments like that. Like when he’s playing with the gun and fires it into the wall. All we knew was that he’d fire the gun into the wall at some point, but we never planned when or knew that he’d stand and have that conversation with himself and begin dancing. We just had two cameras in there and let it happen, which became a major part of how we did a lot of things.”