Joker deleted scenes: Which scene was cut from Joker? Joaquin Phoenix opens up

Joker is soon arriving in cinemas with its star, Joaquin Phoenix, already receiving praise for the role. His Joker could be one of the most tragic characters in film history, reports suggest. But one scene was cut from the film which, according to Phoenix, was the best.

Which scene was cut from Joker?

According to Phoenix, his character, Arthur Fleck, goes into a major rant about Murray Franklin, the talk show host played by Robert De Niro.

Despite one version of this scene being “the best take,” according to both Phoenix and director Todd Phillips, it had to be left out of the film.

Speaking to the Associated Press, he said: “For the first time in probably 25 years I watched dailies.

Joaquin Phoenix as Joker in Joker

Joaquin Phoenix as Joker in Joker (Image: Warner Bros)

“So [director Todd Phillips] and I would talk about which takes we thought worked.

“But my favourite scene, what both of us thought was my best scene because of a particular take, that scene is not in the movie.”

Phoenix went on to describe how this can easily happen in film, as scenes must fit together like “a puzzle.”

He added: “It’s a cliche, but it’s a puzzle.

“So you take out this scene and it affects the following scene.

“So a take that might have been really great no longer works.

“The best take for the end of his rant on Murray Franklin [Robert De Niro’s talk show host character] just didn’t work.

“It was a really good take just on its own but cut in with everything else it just didn’t work.

Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck in Joker

Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck in Joker (Image: Warner Bros)

“An earlier take, one that I didn’t think was very good, was the one that worked best.”

According to the 44-year-old star, the character’s instability allowed him to be experimental with the way he performed his role, and often various takes “made sense” despite being totally different,

He said: “There seemed to be an infinite number of ways to interpret every moment or how he might behave in any moment.

“And there wasn’t anything that didn’t make sense.

Joaquin Phoenix opens up on a scene cut from Joker

Joaquin Phoenix opens up on a scene cut from Joker (Image: Warner Bros)

“So we would do scenes so many different ways and some I would cry and others I would make jokes and others I would be angry and it would be the same scene and they all f***ing made sense and that’s so rare.

“There’s something really exciting about that because it keeps you in this state of like perpetual investigation and trying to find something new.”

Phoenix did copious amounts of research for the role, but said he felt some of those “crave attention and notoriety” so has chosen not to name them in the press.

He said: “Some of the people I studied, I feel what they crave is attention and notoriety.

Joaquin Phoenix putting on make up as Joker

Joaquin Phoenix putting on make up as Joker (Image: Warner Bros)

“I don’t feel like they deserve any more of that.”

Joker is turning out to be controversial as a film as, it has been announced, the cinema in which a mass shooting took place in 2012, in Aurora, Colorado, will not play the film for fear it could inspire copycat shooters.

The director and actor have both spoken out on this issue after families of victims from the shooting wrote a letter to Warner Bros CEO, Ann Sarnoff.

Joker is out in cinemas on October 4