Joaquin Phoenix Talks About Finding His ‘Joker’: Dropping Weight, Facing Fear, and ‘Testing Boundaries’

Joaquin Phoenix Talks About Finding His ‘Joker’: Dropping Weight, Facing Fear, and ‘Testing Boundaries’
Joaquin Phoenix is in a good mood. On those first few interviews he did before “Joker” went to Venice and startled everyone by winning the Golden Lion, he was poised to walk out of the room on the wrong question. Now he’s used to the way the R-rated, controversy-magnet “Joker” pushes people’s buttons — and inspires raves and Oscar talk. Having acted since he was eight, Phoenix is poised for his fourth.

Of course, he says he doesn’t read his interviews or reviews. And he’s uncomfortable at “tributes” like the one at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he refused to wait for Willem Dafoe to say nice things about him amid applause. Instead, he rushed the stage to hang out with his friend and thank his family and brother River Phoenix who made him watch “Raging Bull” two days in a row: “You’re going to start acting again,
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