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STYLE interviews Joaquin Phoenix on playing the Joker

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‘I don’t even like to think about money’ – Joaquin Phoenix talks Raging Bull, remembering brother River and following Heath Ledger as the Joker

Despite the Avengers’ box office dominance, Heath Ledger remains the only actor to win an Oscar for a comic book adaptation – posthumously – for The Dark Knight. But Joaquin Phoenix is tipped to change that playing the same character in Todd Phillips’ Joker

Widely heralded as a modern masterpiece, Heath Ledger’s bravura turn as the Joker in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight remains the only comic book character to have won an individual award on film’s biggest awards night – despite it being an achievement mired in tragedy, after Ledger’s untimely death.

Even if comic book characters have come to dominate the blockbuster scene in Hollywood, the huge box-office takings generated by the Avengers franchise have not attracted equal success come awards season.

This makes the early rave reactions to Todd Phillips’ Joker , starring Joaquin Phoenix as the eponymous “Clown Prince of Crime”, even more intriguing.

“Taking on this character and being part of this film … is a magnified version of what you have to do in acting in general,” Phoenix, 44, explains

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