Joaquin Phoenix‘s Joker may not be the only one who has done bad things on the set. The movie has been accused of mistreatment on extras, who were filming scenes for the movie in Brooklyn over the weekend.
According to TMZ, during the shooting in the subway station, those extras were locked in a train car for more than 3 hours and were denied their break after 2 hours of work. They started banging on the doors asking to be let out because some people needed to use the bathroom, but they were still kept inside the train. They eventually had to pee on the tracks through the small spaces between cars.
The Screen Actors Guild has reportedly received a complaint about the break violation and has sent a representative to conduct an investigation. SAG will be monitoring the set and continue to follow-up as needed.
Warner Bros., which is producing the movie, has not released a statement regarding the matter as TMZ reports that the studio is still looking into the situation. There’s no word either if the complaint and ongoing investigation will affect the production schedule of the Joker movie.
Joaquin Phoenix stars as Batman’s supervillain, whose real name is Arthur Fleck, in the DC movie. He is depicted as a failed stand-up comedian who goes insane and becomes a murdering psychopath. The origin movie is described as a gritty character study of the signature villain of Batman, and also a broader cautionary tale of a man disregarded by society who becomes the ultimate supervillain.
Zazie Beetz, Brett Cullen, Frances Conroy, Marc Maron, Robert De Niro, Shea Whigham, Glenn Fleshler, Bill Camp, Douglas Hodge and Josh Pais also star in the movie. Todd Phillips serves as director and writes the script. He is also on board as producer along with Martin Scorsese and Emma Tillinger Koskoff. The film is scheduled for an October 4, 2019 release in the United States.
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