Food was seriously on Joaquin Phoenix’s mind while shooting “Joker”.

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The 45-year-old actor is on the cover of W Magazine‘s Best Performances issue, and in the publication, he opens up about his dancing and diet for the film.

Joaquin Phoenix. Photo: W Magazine
Joaquin Phoenix. Photo: W Magazine

Phoenix is asked whether he’s actually had dance training.

“Yes. And I worked with a choreographer for ‘Joker’,” he says, according to Just Jared. “Normally, I don’t like talking about character with anyone other than the director, but the choreographer gave me a vocabulary that informed the role. I wanted to go from joy and euphoria to something painful. Dance gave me that language. And hunger.”

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Speaking about the difficulty of shaking the troubled character, Phoenix admits, “Well, I was living like a hermit because I was on an extreme diet. You can’t really socialize when you’re not eating or drinking.”

Asked about whether his role in the movie affected his dreams, the actors admits, “Yes. I was always dreaming about food. I’d dream that I ate a huge meal. And I’d wake up feeling so guilty.”