Joaquin Phoenix and Todd Phillips have received universal acclaim for Joker, which has now reached $850 million at the box office.
The movie hit the big screens in the United States on Oct. 4, and the standalone film for the Clown Prince of Crime has become one of the top grossing movies for the year 2019 - despite some controversy over its violence and dark tone.
Though Phoenix has received mainly positive reviews for his portrayal of one of the most legendary comic book villains, the 45-year-old admitted that one of the film's "best scenes" failed to make the final cut - thus suggesting that Joker could have been even better.
Phoenix and Phillips did an interview with Collider to talk about the film, and they were asked about being "sad" on a scene that got cut. Phoenix responded with the following:
"There was a scene that, that during the shoot we thought was one of the best scenes and we loved his behavior in the scene, and I’d always really liked the scene. And Todd told me and said, 'We’re cutting that scene out.' And at first I thought, like, 'Wait a minute, what do you mean have you cut that scene out?' And then of course I saw it, and it was very obvious. It has to go."
More specifically, Phoenix and Phillips explained that it was a scene in the stairwell of Ha-Ha. Phillips said that the scene involved Phoenix's character and Randall - one of his work colleagues that later gets killed by Joker himself.
That said, Phoenix viewed the scene and understood why it was scrapped. Phillips also added that it was "the last scene we took out of the movie." The director noted that the deleted scenes won't be added to the film's DVD once it's eventually released.
At any rate, Phillips, Phoenix and the rest of the crew won't regret having to cut out the scene - because the movie has been a success in most aspects - from critical and financial standpoints.
Phoenix faced plenty of pressure coming into this film, with Jack Nicholson and the late Heath Ledger both receiving historic acclaim for their portrayals of Joker. Right now,it looks like the vast majority of Joker critics and DC Universe followers were more than impressed with Phoenix's portrayal of the joker. Now, we have to wait and see if a sequel or some form of a followup will develop following the success of Joker.