While the entire movie is a masterpiece, the moment from Joker that stands out the most is the stair-dance scene. That scene instantly became iconic and it is, honestly, a moment in cinematic history.
Now, imagine getting to see that in real-time. Yep, some lucky fan got to see the scene being shot but they managed to capture it and then shared it with the world, so it’s okay.
The video shows Joaquin Phoenix warming up to go down the stairs while dancing and psyching himself up for the scene. The little dance is just like the one seen in Joker’s theatrical cut, and the video ends just as Pheonix begins heading down the stairs.
The only problem is the quality of the video, as you can see, it’s horrible. But, something is better than nothing and it’s a behind-the-scene stuff that we would have never been able to see otherwise.
The Joker staircase dancing scene is perhaps the most iconic moment of Joker, signifying the Arthur Fleck character’s complete transformation into the Clown Prince of Crime.
Filmed in the Bronx, the actual staircase has become a bit of a tourist attraction following the release of the movie, with many fans on social media recreating the Joker dance. It has apparently gotten to the point where a flyer was recently taped to a lamppost near the stairs that said: “It is disrespectful to treat our community and residents as a photo opportunity for your social media or ‘it’ moment. This is real life, not a movie and we’re not jokin’.”
A resident named Jonathan Francis said: “We hope it ends soon because we don’t need this. We feel disrespected.”
In any case, Joker has danced his way into incredible success with the release of the Todd Phillips movie. The movie is not only the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time, but is the only R-rated movie to pass $1 billion in ticket sales. It has already established itself as one of the most popular movies of all time, and chances are, people are going to be recreating the iconic dance on those stairs for years to come.