Joker’ star Joaquin Phoenix leaves interview after being asked if movie will ‘inspire’ violence
Joaquin Phoenix recently walked away from an interview with “The Telegraph” after a reporter asked a question about the potential for his new flick, “Joker,” to inspire violence.
The U.K. paper’s journalist, Robbie Collin, asked the 44-year-old actor: “Aren’t you worried that this film might perversely end up inspiring exactly the kind of people it’s about, with potentially tragic results?”
Per Collin, Phoenix responded: “‘Why would you…? No… no.'” He then walked out of the room.
The outlet reports that over the next hour Phoenix spoke with a Warner Bros. publicist — the studio behind the film — “to get things back on track.” He eventually returned to the interview, explaining that he panicked because he genuinely hadn’t thought about the question before.
Joaquin Phoenix will star in Todd Phillips’ “Joker” slated for release on Oct. 4. (2014 Getty Images)
It appears the conversation between the two continued on without Phoenix ever answering Collin’s question.