Joaquin Phoenix’s Laugh Irritated Comedian Co-Star


Joker actor Gary Gulman recalled a funny story about how Joaquin Phoenix ‘irritated’ him on set.

Gulman, who’s a comedian in real life, made an appearance as the stand-up in the scene where Phoenix’s Arthur Fleck goes to a comedy club to take it all in.

Arthur laughs at Gulman’s comedian at slightly the wrong points with his typical piercing laugh, and it looks like Phoenix threw Gulman off while filming on set for exactly the same reason.

Gary Gulman, Joker

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“The one thing I will say that was a little bit irritating is that when I was running through my set, there were all these extras, and they’d clearly been told that I was doing well, so they were laughing and enthusiastic,” Gulman told Collider.

“And there was one extra who was so enthusiastic in his laughter that it was throwing off my timing.

“He was just laughing too loud, and right when I was about to say something to Todd [Phillips] about maybe getting the guy not to laugh so loud, I realized that it was Joaquin Phoenix.”

Joaquin Phoenix, Joker movie trailer

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“It’s my best Joker story,” Gulman added. “I can’t believe it took me six takes to figure out that the man with the really bizarre laugh was the Joker.”


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