- Joaquin Phoenix appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Tuesday.
- The actor appeared blindsided when the host shared an outtake from the set of “Joker” wherein the actor is seen cussing out a crew member for whispering during filming.
- “The constant whispering, just shut the [bleep] up dude,” Phoenix says in the clip.
- He also accuses the crew member, Larry, of starting a nickname for him on set: Cher.
- It’s unclear whether the clip is a spoof, but the scene on Kimmel’s couch afterward is one of genuine awkwardness.
- Watch the scene below.
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The clip, shared — Kimmel says — by the film’s director Todd Phillips, shows the actor cussing out a crew member named Larry who had been whispering during takes.
“The constant whispering, just shut the [bleep] up dude. I’m trying to like find something real. [bleep] dude. [bleep]. Sorry, [bleep]. It’s not a big deal. It’s not a big deal. Yeah, it kinda is. [bleep].”
Phoenix is also heard implying that the crew member invented a nickname for him, which casts him as a prima donna.
“I know you started the [bleep] Cher thing, Larry. [bleep] making fun of me. Like I’m a [bleep] diva. It’s not even an insult. Cher, really? Singer, actor, dancer, fashion icon — how’s that a [bleep] insult?
“[Bleep] I can’t do this, man,” Phoenix says in the clip before pulling back his chair and walking out of shot.
It’s worth mentioning that Phoenix precedes Kimmel showing the clip by saying that he had a lot of fun filming “Joker,” and that the director was a really funny guy. Furthermore, both Kimmel and Phoenix have been known to play high-profile pranks in the past — Variety notes the actor’s spoof appearance on the “Late Show with David Letterman” as a prime example.
However, if Phoenix was acting acting viewing the clip, then he does so very well, as when the camera returned to Kimmel’s couch, the scene was one of genuine awkwardness.
“This is so embarrassing,” Phoenix said, laughing nervously.
“Look, sometimes movies get intense because you’re a lot of people in a small space and you’re trying to find something,” he added, “[…] but, that was supposed to be private.
“Sorry you guys had to see that!
“Can we move on?” Phoenix asks, before going on to make a public apology — though, not without stipulating that Larry shouldn’t have been talking on- set.
Watch the whole awkward conversation below: