The iconic dance from Joker is one of the biggest moments of the movie, and one lucky fan managed to capture video footage from the dance happening in real time. Featured prominently on the movie’s official poster and in its advertising, even those who haven’t seen Joker are familiar with the scene. In a grainy video clip posted to Twitter, star Joaquin Phoenix is seen preparing to get into character before the scene starts, followed by him dancing down the stairs as he does in the movie. It’s a really interesting way to see the scene from a new perspective, and you can check it out for yourself below.
The Joker staircase dancing scene is perhaps the most iconic moment of Joker, signifying the Arthur Fleck character’s complete transformation into the Clown Prince of Crime. Filmed in the Bronx, the actual staircase has become a bit of a tourist attraction following the release of the movie, with many fans on social media recreating the Joker dance. It has apparently gotten to the point where congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez cautioned Joker fans venturing into the Bronx to take their own staircase photos, saying to “keep your Instagram posts outside of the Boogie Down.”
In any case, Joker has danced his way into incredible success with the release of the Todd Phillips movie. The movie is not only the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time, but is the only R-rated movie to pass $1 billion in ticket sales. While the movie’s release was met with controversy and its content has conjured a variety of opinions, most agree Phoenix did an amazing job in the lead role and should be a strong contender at Oscar season. With such an exorbitant amount of money coming in and so many records smashed, the Clown Prince of Crime clearly has every reason to dance.
In addition to featuring Joaquin Phoenixin the lead role as Arthur Fleck, Joker also stars Robert De Niro as Murray Franklin, Frances Conroy as Penny Fleck, Zazie Beetz as Sophie, and Brett Cullen as Thomas Wayne. It serves an origin story for the Clown Prince of Crime and how the character comes to be before his eventual feud with his arch-nemesis, Batman. At this time, there are no plans to make a sequel, but Phillips and Phoenix have both suggested they are open to the idea if a strong enough concept comes to them. Certainly, topping the original would be nearly impossible, but given its profits, Warner Bros. would no doubt give them the green light if they wanted to give Joker 2 a go.
Joker is now playing in theaters everywhere as the movie continues to rake in the dough after passing the $1 billion mark. It has already established itself as one of the most popular movies of all time, and chances are, people are going to be recreating the iconic dance on those stairs for years to come. The behind-the-scenes footage of the Joker dance comes to us from Culture Crave on Twitter.