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Joaquin Phoenix Reveals The Real Life Inspiration Behind His ‘Joker’ Laugh

The Actor Is Set To Play The Batman Villain, The Joker, In A Solo Origin Story Film

August 15, 2019

Ten years after Heath Ledger’s legendary performance as the Joker, and three years since Jared Leto’s disastrous effort, the Batman villain is two months away from returning to the big screen. Joaquin Phoenix has been tabbed to portray the Joker in this solo origin story directed by Todd Phillips, and the pressure has been on since day one. Talking about the character, Phoenix revealed he studied a real life, little known ailment, to form his version of the Joker’s iconic laugh.

In order to perfect the Joker’s evil laugh, Phoenix wanted to go his own route, studying the victims of Pathological Laughter or Crying (PLC). According to Phoenix he “saw videos showing people suffering from pathological laughter, a mental illness that makes mimicry uncontrollable.” PLC causes involuntary laughter or crying, usually separate from a conventional trigger.

Clearly Joaquin Phoenix is taking this role very seriously, and fans of the Joker, along with the actor seem to appreciate his effort. Of course, playing the Joker always comes with criticism. Hopefully Phoenix’s performance gives the fans what they want. ‘Joker’ is set to hit theaters nationwide in October.

Via Indie Wire