’s interview with The Telegraph film critic Robbie Collin
has gone viral after the actor walked out of the discussion after being pressed to answer a question about whether or not his upcoming movie “Joker
” will encourage people to become violent. Collin asked Phoenix if he worries “Joker” might “perversely end up inspiring exactly the kind of people it’s about, with potentially tragic results.” Phoenix replied, “Why? Why would you…? No, no,” before abruptly walking out of the interview.
The Telegraph reports that Phoenix left the interview for an hour and spent the time talking with a Warner Bros.
press agent. When the actor returned to sit down with Collin he explained that he panicked because he did not consider the question. Phoenix does not explicitly answer the question in the remainder of his interview.
Since “Joker” world premiered at the Venice Film Festival (where it shocked