The Joker has been performed by many actors over the years. But in the 2019 movie, we got introduced to a unique version of the villain. Here is Joaquin Phoenix: the man behind the Joker.

Joaquin Phoenix: the man behind the Joker.
Joaquin Phoenix: the man behind the Joker.
Original photo by REUTERS.
Graphic by Haydee Vanegas.

Joker is a 2019 psychological thriller. The movie was directed by Todd Phillips, and stars Joaquin Phoenix as this alternative version of the Joker. In this movie, we follow the story of how a man with mental illnesses that wants to be a comedian becomes this mad and insane villain.

In Joker, Joaquin Phoenix plays Arthur Fleck, a man disregarded and misunderstood by society. Phoenix personifies the suffering of living with injustices and limitations.

It is difficult to personify a villain, but in this Joker movie, Joaquin Phoenix is not just a villain. He personifies a man that slowly descents into insanity and madness. On this character, he brings to life a man that becomes a villain in response to an unfair society.

Joaquin Phoenix: the man behind the 2019 Joker
Joaquin Phoenix: the man behind the 2019 Joker.
Original Photo by BBC.
Graphic by Haydee Vanegas.

But Joaquin Phoenix is more than just the man behind the Joker. Here are some facts about this talented man:

  • A man with a long history in show business: Joaquin Phoenix started as an actor at 8 years old when he appeared on an episode of brother River Pheonix’s show Seven Bridges for Seven Brothers. After that, he appeared in a television film for CBC. And at 12 years old, he did his theatrical film debut in the ’86 movie SpaceCamp. By now, he has been in over 30 films.
  • A man for whom the Fourth time is the charm: Joaquin Phoenix has been an Oscar-nominee 3 times. The first time for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Commodus in Gladiator. The second time, he was nominated for Best Actor for his role as Johnny Cash in Walk the Line. The third time, he was nominated for Best Actor for his role in the movie The Master. None of these opportunities led to an Oscar win. Then, at the 2020 Academy Awards, he finally got to take home the Oscar for Best Actor for his role as the Joker.
  • A Latin-American man: Joaquin Phoenix was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Even though both of his parents were American, the family was living in Puerto Rico, where they stayed until Joaquin was 3 years old.
  • A vegan man: Because of his family’s religion, Joaquin Phoenix was raised in a vegan lifestyle. He even produced a documentary that encourages a plant-based diet for Humanity as a health need.