Joaquin Phoenix responds to critics who attacked upcoming portrayal of The Joker

"I don't really think that much about what people think"

Joaquin Phoenix has responded to his critics, after the actor faced criticism over his forthcoming portrayal of The Joker.

Earlier this year, it was announced that the Oscar nominee, 43, will portray the iconic villain in a new origins story directed by The Hangover’s Todd Phillips.

However, the casting immediately caught the eye of critics who questioned whether he was suitable for the role. Others wondered how his role would work when a standalone Joker film with Jared Leto is also believed to be in the works.

Now, Phoenix has responded for the first time and he’s remaining defiant in the face of scrutiny.

“I don’t really think that much about what people think,” he curtly explained to IndieWire.

Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix

“Who cares, who cares?”

Instead, he’s excited to start work with Todd Phillips and examine the twisted psyche of The Joker.

“My approach to every movie is the same. What I’m interested in is the filmmaker and the idea of the character”, he admitted.

“I think more than anything, and probably the most important thing, is [the director] Todd seems very passionate about it and very giving, and so that’s exciting”, he added.

“I think, underneath the excitement of these films, and the size of them, there are these incredible characters that are dealing with real-life struggles”.

The origins movie will hit cinemas on October 4 2019.

The film has been co-written by Phillips and 8 Mile scribe Scott Silver.