Joaquin Phoenix Reveals Gray Hair and Potbelly as He Re-transforms His Body for a New Role…Three Years After Extreme 52-Pound Weight Loss for the Joker Role Left Him ‘Disorder’
Joaquin Phoenix has unveiled a new look after re-transforming his body for a dramatic movie role.
The 46-year-old actor – known for going out of his way for his craft – was pictured with gray hair and a big belly on the set of the new movie Disappointment Blvd. Tuesday in Montreal, Canada.
The film – from horror master Ari Astor – centers on “one of the most successful entrepreneurs of all time” played by Phoenix, with a story spanning decades of his life.
New Look: Joaquin Phoenix reveals gray hair and big belly as he re-transforms his body for a new role on the set of the movie Disappointment Blvd. in Montreal, Canada on Tuesdays
Gray haired, bald hair, it looked like Phoenix was playing an older version of the character as filming began.
The sighting comes three years after the Vegan actor developed a ‘disorder’ after famously gaining 52 pounds in weight for playing the Joker, which would eventually land him an Oscar.
While the project was released in 2019, shooting began in late 2018 with the actor already preparing for the role.
Extreme: The sighting comes three years after the vegan actor developed a ‘disorder’ after becoming famous in 2019 by losing 52 pounds for playing the Joker (pictured right)
New role: The film – from horror maestro Ari Astor – centers on “one of the most successful entrepreneurs of all time” played by Phoenix, with a story spanning decades of his life
Phoenix previously revealed how director Todd Phillips thought his character Arthur Fleck in The Joker should be “very thin,” which led to the actor losing weight under the guidance of a medical professional.
“Once you hit your target weight, everything changes,” Phoenix told the… Associated Press. “Like so much of what’s hard, waking up every day and obsessing over about 0.3 pounds is all.” Right? And you really develop like a disorder. I mean, it’s wild.’
He went on to say that the weight loss made him feel better than expected, saying, “I think the interesting thing for me is what I expected and expected with the weight loss, were these feelings of dissatisfaction, hunger, some kind of vulnerability and a weakness.’
Getting into character: At one point, the actor was seen in knickers and a white shirt for a scene
Commitment: Phoenix is known for going all-in for his movie roles
Adding: “But what I didn’t expect was this kind of fluidity that I felt physically.”
However, he confessed that the extreme weight loss had affected his mental health, saying, “It turns out that that affects your psychology, and you really start going crazy when you lose that much weight in that time.” ‘
Meanwhile, there’s already been a lot of buzz around Phoenix’s new project — spearheaded by American filmmaker Aster, 34, who wowed critics and movie fans alike with the 2018 horror drama Hereditary starring Toni Colette.
The film – which dealt with themes of the supernatural – made more than $80 million on a $10 million budget to become indie film company A24’s highest-grossing film in the world.
Aster’s next project was the folk-horror film Midsommar, starring British actress Florence Pugh, and the filmmaker again working with A24.
It earned an impressive $48 million against a $9 million budget and received lavish praise from critics.
Unsurprisingly, Aster is teaming up with A24 again for Disappointment Blvd., his third film, with Lars Knudsen producing under their Square Peg banner.
Meanwhile, Phoenix is one of the most respected actors of his generation, having won the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor for the psychological thriller You Were Never Really Here (2017), directed by Lynne Ramsay.