Joker Fans Get Surprise at LA Screenings

Star Joaquin Phoenix shows up at LA theaters
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 7, 2019 7:21 AM CDT
Joaquin Phoenix Surprises Fans at Joker Screenings
This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Joaquin Phoenix in a scene from the film "Joker."   (Niko Tavernise/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

A little perk of living in LA—you never who might show up at a movie screening. Deadline reports that Joaquin Phoenix surprised Joker fans by turning up at multiple Alamo Drafthouse locations in Los Angeles. Phoenix answered questions and posed for selfies with fans before and after showings, per the Hollywood Reporter. "I hope you liked it," Phoenix told one group. "Don't tell me if you didn't," he joked. "Even if you did, I don't want to know. But thanks so much."

One nugget to fans: He elaborated on how choreographer Michael Arnold helped him come up with the Joker's distinctive dancing in the movie. "He just started showing me a bunch of video footage of different dancers and you know, YouTube, you just get sucked down a hole and you start finding stuff," the actor said. But "a lot of it, we just kind of were discovering in the moment." (The movie had a strong weekend. See what critics think.)

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