An attempt at fun went wrong on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” last night as actor Joaquin Phoenix, on the show to promote the release of “Joker,” was ambushed with an ‘exclusive outtake’ that left him visibly upset.
Kimmel’s interview went fine for the first 7-8 minutes, it was then that Kimmel told Phoenix that director Todd Phillips supplied him with an exclusive outtake from the set and showed off the clip.
The footage featured Phoenix in his Joker makeup engaging in a verbal disagreement with cinematographer Lawrence Sher over the cinematographer’s constant whispering – getting to the point the actor storms off set upset.
Cutting back to Phoenix, the actor was also visibly uncomfortable and rattled by the clip being shown and Kimmel took a little while to catch on, resulting in a decidedly awkward last few minutes. Explaining his reaction in the clip, Phoenix said:
“Sometimes movies get intense. You have a lot of people in a small space and you’re trying to find something. That was supposed to be private, I’m a little embarrassed by that. I’m sorry you guys had to see that. I should probably publicly apologize to Larry. The thing is though, I am sorry, but he did whisper constantly while we’re trying to work, and sometimes it’s really hard to find the emotion that you’re after, so it was wrong of me and I’m sorry, but he shouldn’t have done it.”
The clip comes ahead of the films opening around the globe on Friday with the movie expected to earn over $80 million domestically and up to $155 million globally over the weekend.