Joaquin Phoenix defends his controversial new film Joker against claims that the violence will incite
Joaquin Phoenix makes headlines after it was revealed that he was storming an interview with The Telegraph when a critic wondered if his new film could incite Joker to violence.
However, it is now revealed that the actor, 44, defended the controversial film in the days prior to that walk-out.
On Monday, IGN reported that Phoenix was with the psychological thriller when he spoke to them in Los Angeles last week.
& # 39; I don't think it's a filmmaker's responsibility to teach the audience's moral or the difference between right and wrong, & # 39; he told the publication.
Joker, who won the top prize at the Venice Film Festival earlier this month, sees Phoenix playing an aspiring comedian who turns into a nihilistic murderer who is known to have his career off the ground.
The violent film is inspired by dark films from the seventies, including the taxi driver from Martin Scorcese.
& # 39; I think for most of us you can see the difference between right and wrong. And those who are not can interpret everything the way they want, & Phoenix continued.
& # 39; People misinterpret lyrics. They misinterpret passages from books. & # 39;
Joaquin Phoenix vigorously defends his new psychological thriller Joker amid accusations that his portrayals of violence can negatively encourage viewers
Joker, who won the top prize at the Venice Film Festival earlier this month, sees Phoenix playing an aspiring comedian who turns into a nihilistic killer known as & # 39; The Joker & # 39; when his career does not get off the ground
When he wondered if he thought the movie could fuel someone & # 39; & # 39; to perform a violent act, he replied: & i think that if you have someone with that level of emotional disturbance, they can find fuel everywhere. I just don't think you can function like this & # 39 ;.
Joker & # 39; s director, Todd Phillips, also rejected claims that the depiction of the film of murder and brutality implicitly encouraged violence.
& # 39; The film makes statements about a lack of love, childhood trauma, lack of compassion in the world. I think people can handle that message, & he said to IGN.
He added: & # 39; For me, art can be complicated and often art is meant as complicated. If you want straightforward art, you may want calligraphy, but filmmaking will always be a complicated art & # 39 ;.
Origin story: In Joker, Phoenix plays a struggling stand-up comic Arthur Fleck who, after being ignored by society, descends into madness and wreaks havoc in Gotham City
& # 39; I think for most of us you can see the difference between right and wrong, & # 39; Phoenix told IGN
Phoenix and Phillips spoke only a few days before Phoenix walked away during a now famous interview with The Telegraph.
The walk-out came after the newspaper film critic, Robbie Collin, asked the star if he was afraid that his murderous character could inspire perverts exactly the kind of people involved, with potentially tragic results. 39;
According to Collin, Phoenix answered: & # 39; Why? Why would you…? No, no, & # 39; and got up and left the room.
He returned an hour later after consulting a press representative for Warner Bros., the studio that released the position.
Phoenix is said to have explained that he had panicked and that he had never thought about the R-film issue that inspired others to act.
Joker opens in theaters on October 4.
Joker & # 39; s director, Todd Phillips (right), also rejected claims that the film's depiction of murder and brutality implicitly encouraged violence
Joker opens in theaters on October 4
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