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The August 2019 issue of  Empire – on sale from Thursday 11 July – takes a world-exclusive look inside the low-budget, hyper-intense comic book movie – and according to Phillips, it’s going to be its own unique beast. “We didn’t follow anything from the comic-books, which people are gonna be mad about,” the writer-director tells Empire. “We just wrote our own version of where a guy like Joker might come from. That’s what was interesting to me. We’re not even doing Joker, but the story of becoming Joker. It’s about this man.”

That man is Arthur Fleck – a vulnerable, damaged man who will eventually, inevitably, become the card-carrying psychopathic criminal who strikes out at Gotham City. And for the filmmakers, Phoenix was always the man for the role. “I think he’s the greatest actor,” says Phillips. “We had a photo of him above our computer while we were writing. We constantly thought, ‘God, imagine if Joaquin actually does this.’” We won’t have to imagine – we’ll see the finished film in all its glory in UK cinemas from 4 October.

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Joaquin Phoenix – as Joker – is on the cover of the new issue of the Empire Magazine that will out on the newsstands on July 11 and for those who are subscriber, there is a special cover made by Niko Tavernise.

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The director of “Joker”, Todd Phillips, posted a new photo in his Instagram account today and answered a fan about the movie’s rating:

Today in Los Angeles Joaquin Phoenix and his girlfriend Rooney Mara attended the national animal rights day event.

“This is how we, the human race, treat animals. Do you want to be a part of this?” read one banner. The protest participants walked around holding dead animals.

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Vegan actor, producer, and activist Joaquin Phoenix is standing up for animals again.

The star of films such as 2005’s “Walk the Line” and 2013’s “Her” will lead a Los Angeles event that commemorates the 9th annual National Animal Rights Day.

Dave Navarro, Donna D’Errico and other notable figures will also participate in the event, named the Funeral Procession for Deceased Farm Animals.

According to a press release, the march will commemorate the animals who have died by human hands “in factory farms, live meat markets and other places that confine and mass-produce animals for human consumption.”

Marches are also due to take place in 32 other cities worldwide, including New York, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Copenhagen, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Perth, Toronto, and Montreal.

In L.A., protesters will march down Beverly Boulevard whilst carrying the bodies of pigs, lambs, chickens, and other farm animals who suffered. The march will be followed by a memorial service in Pan Pacific Park, including music and speeches.

The Funeral Procession for Deceased Farm Animals will take place on June 2, the event will be free and open to the public.


When Joaquin Phoenix took on the role of Jesus in the new film “Mary Magdalene,” he did many of the expected things: Grew long hair, adopted an intense and otherworldly stare, even meditated on a mountaintop.But there was one thing he would not do.Near the beginning of “Mary Magdalene,” which opened Friday in the United States, the script called for Jesus to heal a blind woman by rubbing mud in her eyes, an echo of John’s Gospel. (It’s a blind man in the Bible, a blind woman in the film.)”I knew about that scene from the Bible, but I guess I had never really considered it,” Phoenix told CNN in a recent interview.”When I got there, I thought: I’m not going to rub dirt in her eyes. Who the f*!# would do that? It doesn’t make any sense. That is a horrible introduction to seeing.”The Bible doesn’t fully explain why Jesus used mud or clay to heal the blind, though some experts say it was a common practice among first-century healers.In “Mary Magdalene,” Phoenix decided to go with his gut, licking a mudless thumb and gently rubbing the woman’s eyes.”It freed me up, in some ways, to discover what is truthful in the moment,” he said. “That moment is not so much about a real miracle. It’s about someone who has been dismissed by society finally being seen, embraced and encouraged to join the broader community. To me, that is a miracle. There’s something profoundly beautiful about that sentiment.”That humanistic message captures the essence of “Mary Magdalene,” a film that aims for historic fidelity in some respects, but whose emotional and intellectual currents are radically contemporary.

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