Joaquin Phoenix says losing 24kg to play Joker was 'empowering'

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Speaking to The Straits Times in Los Angeles, actor Joaquin Phoenix and director Todd Phillips explain what they are trying to say with this antihero story.
Joaquin Phoenix shed 24kg to play the emaciated Fleck, a man who seems to live in a constant state of both mental and physical pain. PHOTO: WARNER BROS
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LOS ANGELES - Joker, an origin story of the supervillain clown from the Batman comics, might be the most controversial comic-book film of the year.

It arrives to both rave reviews and concerns that its sympathetic portrayal of its homicidal protagonist may inspire copycats, with the police and army put on alert this week for possible violence at screenings in the United States.

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