Joaquin Phoenix Says He Based His ‘Joker’ Laugh on a Little-Understood Real-Life Ailment

Published on Aug 15, 2019

Joaquin Phoenix Says He Based His ‘Joker’ Laugh on a Little-Understood Real-Life Ailment

Ten years after Heath Ledger won a posthumous Oscar (and three years removed from Jared Leto’s controversial performance), we’re less than two months away from another cinematic portrayal of The Joker. Joaquin Phoenix is taking on the iconic Batman villain in a new origin story that is being positioned as an awards season player.

Films involving the character have experienced such variance in quality, it’s as easy to be excited about another “The Dark Knight” as it is to be worried about another “Suicide Squad.” But if nothing else, Phoenix is taking the role quite seriously. In a new interview with Italian magazine Il Vernerdi (via The Playlist), the actor revealed that he studied victims of Plc (Pathological Laughter or Crying), to craft his take on The Joker’s evil laugh.

“I saw videos showing people suffering from pathological laughter, a mental illness that makes mimicry uncontrollable,

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Author: Christian Zilko