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Joaquin Phoenix uncomfortable with violence in 'Joker'

The 'Gladiator' star portrays the iconic villain in the film, which has received rave reviews but has caused controversy with its violence.

Loner Arthur Fleck, played by Joaquin Phoenix, in the movie 'Joker'. Picture: Joker Movie/Facebook.

LONDON - Joaquin Phoenix is uncomfortable with the amount of violence in Joker, claiming that the topic left him in an awkward position.

The _Gladiator _star portrays the iconic villain in the film, which has received rave reviews but has caused controversy with its violence.

Phoenix, 45, walked out of an interview in September when asked by a journalist about whether the film would inspire violence to consult with Warner Bros as he had not been asked a question relating to the film's violence.

He told the LA Times newspaper: "It was an awkward position to be in because I thought, 'Well, I can't address this because this is the thing that is potential - that's precisely what you shouldn't do.' So it suddenly seemed like I was being evasive and trying to avoid this topic because it made me uncomfortable. But I was really thinking, 'This is the very thing that would excite this kind of personality."

Director Todd Phillips, 48, believes that the film has been vindicated by its reception, despite the questions over its violent nature.

He said: "It's not the box office but the reception that's been vindicating. It's the fact that I get emails from people telling me that the movie made them look at their sister who suffers from schizophrenia in a different light.

"Ultimately, the film is about the power of kindness and the lack of empathy in the world, and the audience seems to have picked up on that. It's amazing that a movie that was supposed to inspire, as they put it, mass mayhem really has just inspired a bunch of people dancing down staircases. I think that speaks more to our times than anything."

Meanwhile, Phoenix also admitted that he didn't expect _Joker _to be so successful.

He said: "I don't think I expected this movie to be successful. I don't know if I had any expectation. Honestly, Todd and I were just trying to make something that didn't end our careers."

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