Although some of the early viewers reportedly walked out of the cinema because they thought it was ‘too dark’, Todd Phillips has revealed the film could have been even darker if they had left in a particularly intense scene.
Speaking at the SBIFF Cinema Society at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Phillips said: “So the other thing that’s great about Joaquin is that he’s always up to try things. So, we would finish our days early sometimes and we started doing this thing, Joaquin and I, we called it… a study of insomnia.
“Larry [Sher] would operate one, Jeff [Groth] would operate the other, and we would do these things – the fridge was one of those.
“It wasn’t in the script it was something that Joaquin just kind of did and there was a few others, there’s only one other that’s in the movie and it’s when he’s laughing after he goes to Zazie’s [Beetz] apartment and he comes back down the hall and he’s laughing alone in that living room, that was another one.”
The filmmaker went on to discuss a scene that made it to the cutting room floor, as it was too much to include in an R-rated film.
“There were two or three others we shot, one that is amazing in a bathtub, but I don’t think we can actually include it in an R-rated movie and it’s not because it was pornographic, it was just insane.”
You can expect the fangirls and fanboys to come up with plenty of theories about what the scene involved – should keep them busy until the next Joker mystery comes to light.
You never know, the scene might even make it to the sequel (if a sequel ever gets the greenlight).
Although the team behind the film were initially dubious about turning Joker into a franchise, Phoenix did express interest in returning for a second outing.
In a recent sit down with The Envelope (via LA Times), Phoenix said that while he ‘wouldn’t just do a sequel just because the first movie is successful,’ there is still more of the character’s arc to explore.
He said: “Long before the release or before we had any idea if it would be successful, we talked about sequels.
“In the second or third week of shooting, I was like: ‘Todd, can you start working on a sequel? There’s way too much to explore.’ It was kind of in jest – but not really.”