Joaquin Phoenix And Director Todd Phillips Addressed ‘Joker’ Fan Theories, Easter Eggs

Joaquin Phoenix, Todd Phillips On 'Joker' Fan Theories, Easter Eggs

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Odds are pretty good that you’ve seen Joaquin Phoenix and director Todd Phillips’ new Joker movie. At least based on the fact that the movie has already made over $209 million at the American box office in a little over two weeks.

That being said, if you haven’t seen it yet, heads up, possible spoilers ahead.

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One fan theory that the dynamic duo have already addressed is whether or not Phoenix’s Joker is THE Joker that eventually takes on The Caped Crusader.

“Maybe Joaquin’s character inspired the Joker,” said Phillips about that theory. “You don’t really know. His last line in the movie is. ‘You wouldn’t get it.’ There’s a lot going on in there that’s interesting.”

However, that was far from the only fan theory that sprung up in the wake of Joker’s success. The movie naturally lends itself to ambuguity and interpretation.

Another set of theories that have gained some traction is one regarding 11:11 showing up on the clocks in the film.

Speaking with CinemaBlend’s “ReelBlend” podcast, Todd Phillips claimed, “It’s a coincidence. … No, I mean, I don’t know. I think it’s a coincidence. That’s two times. Is there another time? … No, no that’s just interesting.”

Phoenix had just as cryptic a response, “Paul is dead. Paul is Dead. [inaudible] The Beatles. [laughs] What I’m saying is, I do know that there are some of those things that we put in, whatever the f**k you call them… yeah. I mean, I think some of them you might read into. That’s the ‘Paul is Dead’ joke that I’m making. But no, 11:11 didn’t mean anything to me personally.”

That Beatles reference was later clarified (sort of) by Phoenix during an interview with Collider, “I was saying to the last press, they asked me this thing about the clock and 11:11 and I said, “Paul is dead.” And he was like, “What?” I said, “Paul is dead.” He’s like, “I don’t know.” And the other guy that was like my age was like, “It’s a Beatles reference, dude.” It’s these f**king 22-year-old kids, they don’t know “Paul is dead.” I go, “You see what you want to see, you hear what you want to hear.” Everybody thought it said “Paul is dead” backwards and sh*t.”

So if you were thinking there was a chance that 11:11 was some sort of Easter egg, Phillips has news for you.

“I don’t do Easter eggs. Any Easter eggs anybody finds is a mistake. I don’t understand,” said Phillips.

And if you do happen to find one, he says it was added by the “art department sneaking something in that would make me crazy if I knew about it.”

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