“Neither of us put a number on it,” Phillips told TheWrap’s Sharon Waxman in an interview last Friday. “He just started losing weight. When we finally looked at what he lost, it was 52 pounds. He goes hard. That’s my boy, I love him so much.”
“Joker” goes wide on October 4 and is a “deep-dive character study” of the famed Batman villain “in the vein of a Sidney Lumet/Martin Scorsese picture,” according to Phillips. Phoenix is introduced to audiences as Arthur Fleck, a social outcast who begins to rebel against the world around him.
Phillips said that while Phoenix committed to losing all the weight to get into character, Phoenix wasn’t method acting while on set.
“He’s not someone