Oz in the News 10.1.19

Joaquin Phoenix’s ‘Joker’ character was inspired by a ‘Wizard of Oz’ star “I think what influenced me the most was Ray Bolger,” Phoenix told the Associated Press. “There was a particular song called ‘The Old Soft Shoe’ that he performed and I saw a video of it and there’s this odd arrogance almost to his movements and, really, I completely just stole it from him.” Phoenix particularly paid attention to how Bolger moved his face. “He does this thing of turning his chin up,” Phoenix said. “This choreographer Michael Arnold showed me that and tons of videos and I zeroed in on that one. That was Joker, right? There’s an arrogance to him, really. That was probably the greatest influence.”

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