Joaquin Phoenix, who is being hailed for his performance as Joker in his upcoming flick, has revealed he feels “a little embarrassed" due to his diva behaviour on the movie’s sets. He said this during an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live aired on Tuesday night. Host Jimmy Kimmel showed a behind-the-scenes clip from Joker’s sets where Joaquin, donning his Joker costume and make-up, is seen telling the film’s cinematographer, Lawrence Sher, to stop annoying him. In the clip, Joaquin says to Lawrence, "The constant whispering. Just shut the f**k up, dude. I'm trying to find something real." Lawrence responds by making fun of his behaviour and calling Joaquin “Cher.” Joaquin in turn says, "It's not even an insult. Cher, really? She's a singer, actor, dancer, fashion icon. How is that a f**king insult?" He then storms off the set.
The video was shared by Joker director Todd Philips. After it was aired on the show, Joaquin said to Jimmy, "This is so embarrassing. Sometimes movies get intense because you're a lot of people in a small space and you're trying to find something, so it can feel intense.
He added that this “was supposed to be private," and added, "I'm a little embarrassed, I'm sorry about that. I'm sorry you guys had to see that."
Meanwhile, Joaquin has been receiving a lot of praise for his performance in Joker, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival, received an eight-minute standing ovation and won the Best Film Award there. Critics are calling Joaquin’s portrayal of the clown-psychopath “oscar-worthy.” Kirsten Acuna of Insider wrote, “You're coming to watch this for Phoenix. The actor, who lost more than 50 pounds for the film, loses himself in this role so much that you may find yourself concerned about Phoenix's mental state.” He added, “Phoenix's Joker is no laughing matter.” The film hits the theatres worldwide tomorrow.