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.
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.
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:
March 19, Day 5: You Were Never Really Here (via @PrimeVideo). Better than Joker. pic.twitter.com/VfDG2BfSv0
- Bryan K (@okay_bryan) March 19, 2020
Currently on you were never really here
Much better than joker
- Colin Harvey Rowe (@colinhrowe) March 21, 2020
If you loved Joker, also watch You Were Never Really Here also with Phoenix. Very similar to Joker in a lot of ways. Acting on point too.
- EvoMonk (@EvoMonk) March 24, 2020
So if you're thinking of watching Joker, slap yourself & watch You Were Never Really Here instead.
- Señor Ypsilon #StayHomeSaveLives (@Yxllop) March 24, 2020
Thought the Joker reminded me of taxi driver..and you were never really here was a bit of joker and taxi driver..
- drewbhoy (@BhoyDrew) March 21, 2020
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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