While the acclaim for Joaquin Phoenix’s performance in Todd Phillips’ Joker continues to swirl into the shape of an Oscar, the actor has revealed that one of the “best scenes” was cut from the film. With Phillip’s policy on cut scenes, it means that it will never see the light of day.
Phoenix and Joker director Todd Phillips appeared together for an interview on Collider, and there the star revealed that one of his favourite scenes ended up on the cutting room floor with the first cut of the film being over half an hour too long.
That meant that a lot of scenes had to find their way to the bin. “There’s plenty of deleted scenes, yeah, but they’re not going to be on the DVD. I don’t do deleted scenes,” Phillips revealed. “The movie that exists is exactly the movie we want it to be— I feel like all that adding deleted scenes does confuse it.”
Phillips’ policy on deleted scenes means that Phoenix’s favourite scene of the movie, which saw Arthur Fleck and Randall walking back up the stairs to the Ha-Ha’s offices, calling it “one of the best scenes” in the movie.
With that directorial decision in mind, Phoenix added: “That’s just what’s so cool about movies, right? You can have a great scene, it’s something that makes sense, but the movie is the collection of all of these scenes and they have to work together to tell the story, and it actually made that whole sequence so smooth.”