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Fans Think Joaquin Phoenix Film You Were Never Really Here Is Better Than Joker

Fans Think Joaquin Phoenix Film You Were Never Really Here Is Better Than Joker

Last year, viewers across the globe were gripped by the creepy and captivating performance of Joaquin Phoenix in Joker.

The actor won an Oscar for his efforts and it seems lots of people are only just realising he starred in quite a similar film in 2017.

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You Were Never Really Here dropped on Netflix in the UK back in November, but many people are only discovering it now as they plunge to greater depths on the streaming service amid lockdown.

You Were Never Really Here is similar to Joker in many ways - though he is much less scrawny in the former. Credit: StudioCanal
You Were Never Really Here is similar to Joker in many ways - though he is much less scrawny in the former. Credit: StudioCanal

The dark thriller sees Phoenix play a traumatised mercenary hired to rescue a kidnapped girl from a trafficking network.

Doing what he does best, Phoenix delivers a compelling performance as the troubled and complex protagonist, with many people who have only just watched the film seeming to think it is as good as, if not better than, Joker:

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Across the course of the 45-year-old's lengthy acting career, he has played many dark and disturbed characters, with his portrayal of Commodus in Gladiator and Johnny Cash in Walk the Line widely regarded as two of his finest performances.

But speaking to LADbible, he said it wasn't the characters but the filmmakers which had guided his decisions.

He said: "For me, what's important, what motivates my decisions, is not so much the character or the genre, or the type of movie - it's the filmmaker. It's really that simple. So I'm open to every kind of movie, I think it just requires a conversation with the filmmakers, to see if we have a shared vision, or even if we just like each other."

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Featured Image Credit: StudioCanal

Topics: TV and Film, Joaquin Phoenix, US Entertainment, Netflix

Jake Massey

Jake Massey is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from Newcastle University, where he learnt a bit about media and a lot about living without heating. After spending a few years in Australia and New Zealand, Jake secured a role at an obscure radio station in Norwich, inadvertently becoming a real-life Alan Partridge in the process. From there, Jake became a reporter at the Eastern Daily Press. Jake enjoys playing football, listening to music and writing about himself in the third person.