Some Los Angeles filmgoers who attended Saturday-night screenings of “Joker” received a huge surprise when the film’s star, Joaquin Phoenix, turned up unexpectedly.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Phoenix made surprise appearances at several Alamo Drafthouse theatres throughout L.A., appearing before the movie and sticking around afterward to take questions from fans and pose for photos.
During one impromptu appearance (which can be seen in the video above), Phoenix credited choreographer Michael Arnold for the memorable dance moves of his character, Arthur Fleck.
“He just started showing me a bunch of video footage of different dancers and you know, YouTube, you just get sucked down a hole and you start finding stuff,” Phoenix told fans.
“I don’t really know where it came from,” he admitted. “A lot of it we just kind of were discovering in the moment, like in the bathroom and the subway — it’s something that [director] Todd [Phillips] and I just kind of figured out, like that day when we were shooting.”
During another appearance, filmed by a fan and retweeted to the Alamo Drafthouse L.A.’ Twitter account, Phoenix apologized for potentially ruining the movie by having the lights come up early, but fans didn’t seem to mind. “You didn’t ruin anything!” yelled one fan in the audience.
“I hope you liked it,” Phoenix added, before joking, “Don’t tell me if you didn’t. Even if you did, I don’t want to know. But thanks so much.”
“Joker” is already a hit, with its opening weekend box office setting a new record as the highest-grossing October domestic release in Hollywood history.