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Joaquin Phoenix has stormed out of an interview with The Telegraph after being caught out by a question about his upcoming psychological thriller, Joker.
The 44-year-old actor walked out of the interview after being asked whether the dark origin story might well perversely inspire real-life acts of violence among cinema goers.
Joker has already been heaped with critical acclaim amongst film reviewers. However, some have expressed concern in regards to the films supposed potential to spark empathy with a disillusioned and disregarded homicidal loner.
As reported by The Telegraph, film critic Robbie Collin asked Phoenix whether Joker could perversely end up inspiring exactly the kind of people its about, with potentially tragic results.
At this point, Phoenix reportedly left the interview and did not return until the issue was resolved following an hours peace-brokering with a press representative from Warner Bros.
Upon his return, Phoenix was apparently far more boyishly open, enthusiastically discussing the role which some have suggested could well earn him an Oscar nomination.
Phoenix told The Telegraph how it was the quality of the script which first seized his attention:
Typically, the motivations of characters in most movies, certainly in the superhero genre, are very clear,
And that wasnt the case in this, and to me, that was a challenge. There was something there to explore that I didnt fully understand.
Drawing inspiration from disturbing cinematic character studies such as Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, Joker is being hailed as a chilling new classic in the genre.
A far cry from the glossy superhero adventures which have dominated the box office over the past few years, Joker is a grim and often sympathetic exploration of an unravelling mind.
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