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  • Hi, this is Todd Phillips. I'm the director of "Joker."

  • So, this scene is interesting, because it's right after a life-changing cataclysmic event in Arthur's life.

  • And he's found this little, kind of rundown park bathroom to go in and collect his thoughts and get himself together.

  • What's interesting about this scene to me is it's entirely different than what we had scripted.

  • In the script, Arthur was to come into the bathroom, hide his gun, wash off his makeup, and staring at himself in the mirror, like, "What have I done?"

  • And when we got to the set on the day, Joaquin and I just sort of stood around, like, huh... this doesn't really seem very Arthur.

  • Why would Arthur care to hide his gun?

  • And we really kind of tossed around a million ways to just do something different.

  • And it was about an hour into it, and I said, "Hey, you know, I got this piece of music from Hildur..."

  • Hildur Gudnadottir is our composer, and she'd been sending me music throughout, while we were shooting.

  • And I just wanted to play Joaquin this piece of music and...

  • Joaquin just started to dance to the music, and it was just me and him alone in the bathroom.

  • There's 250 people on the crew waiting outside.

  • And he just starts doing this dance, and we both kind of look at each other and said, "OK, that's the scene."

  • It made sense to us because when I first met with Joaquin and we first started talking about "Joker," I talked to him that Arthur is one of those people that has music in him.

  • So music and dance became a theme in the film.

  • And this is the second time we see him dancing, and it's a little bit of Joker coming out, a little bit more than the scene before and a little bit less than the next time we see him dance.

Hi, this is Todd Phillips. I'm the director of "Joker."

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