'Joker' Director Talks About Scene That Was Too 'Insane' for R-Rated Film | 22 Words

It's only been a matter of months since the Joker movie hit screens and already cemented itself as one of the best movies of all-time.

The psychological thriller details the origin story of Batman's archnemesis, The Joker, and how he became the notorious villain he is.

But, while the eagerly-anticipated movie has been a huge hit, it hasn't been without its criticism, with many people "walking out" of the cinema due to how dark and twisted it was. Recently, the director, Todd Phillips, revealed some scenes were removed from the film as they were considered too "Rated R..."

Keep scrolling to learn more about exactly how disturbing this film was set to be...

The Joker is one of the most infamous villains in the comic book world.

The supervillain made his debut in the Batman comic books in 1940 and has since become one of the most notorious faces of the franchise.

He was originally meant to be killed off during his initial appearance.

But plans changed and he stuck around to become Batman's archenemy.

He was most famously brought to life by Heath Ledger in 2008.

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The Dark Night was a box office smash hit, receiving rave reviews and grossing over a staggering $1 billion in revenue.

The movies the Joker appears in seem to garner worldwide success.

Seems fans of the franchise can't get enough of the psychopathic anti-hero.

So, when it was announced he was getting a movie of his own...

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...fans were elated. In fact, there was so much buzz around its release that the movie bagged the Golden Lion prize at the Venice Film Festival in September.

This time, the infamous criminal mastermind was portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix.

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Speaking to Ladbible, the Oscar-nominated actor explained: "I thought it was important for it to be its own thing, to be its own interpretation. What's interesting about this character is that everybody can interpret it however they want."
"Even with this film, I think the audience gets to interpret the character and what drives him, in a way that I think is unique for a lot of films. I mean it really asks the audience to participate, and I think that's interesting."

The movie hit screens last month.

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Directed by Todd Phillips, Joker tells the origin story of, you guessed it...the Joker (or Arthur Fleck as he's known as in the movie), and how he evolves into the criminal mastermind we all know him as.

For all of you that still haven't watched the film, Arthur Fleck is a lonely, failed comedian.

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Set in 1981, Fleck, who is working as a party clown, lives with his mother in Gotham City - a town full of crime and unemployment.

Fleck also has a neurological disorder that causes him to laugh at inappropriate times.

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Due to this, he often lands himself in bad situations. And of course, he finds himself on a huge downward spiral.

He becomes an outcast of society.

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Fleck is isolated, bullied, and lonely.

The movie chronicles his descent into madness.

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Soon enough, Fleck's life becomes rife with out-of-control into delusions, violence, and anarchy and thus, the clown-faced criminal is born.

The movie has solicited some extreme reactions.

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From rave reviews to full-blown outrage, the dark movie has debuted to extremely mixed emotions.

Though it did break major records...

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Over the first weekend alone it raked in an eye-watering $93.5 million at the U.S. box office - although we aren't entirely surprised, given the huge anticipation in the lead up to its release.

But given its blatantly dark and, at times, sensitive themes, it was bound to whip up some kind of controversy.

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And it sure didn't disappoint, with many people slamming the movie for its representation of mental health and "glamorization" of violence.

Theater-goers have also been left outraged by a particular song used in the movie...

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Convicted pedophile, Gary Glitter's 1972 "Rock and Roll Part 2" is used in one scene. Glitter was jailed in 2015 for several sexual assault offenses, including one count of raping a 13-year-old girl, so it's no wonder so many viewers were disgusted.

The movie is apparently so disturbing, it has been leaving viewers unable to continue watching.

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Several people took to Twitter to call out the "horrible" movie, saying how they've been left terrified while watching.

It seems to have rattled many people...

While some have praised the movie for shedding light on the struggles of living with a mental illness, others didn't agree and think the film's portrayal did more harm than good.

Several have been saying the movie should have come with a trigger warning.

Like this user, who cited the graphic shooting as one of the main reasons why they feel a trigger warning should have been placed at the start of the movie.

Other's cut the movie more slack.

While many admitted that the movie was without a doubt dark and disturbing, fans can agree on one thing: Joaquin Phoenix's performance deserves an Oscar.

Someone give that man an Oscar!

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Pheonix's tremendous acting skills brought a more realistic feel to what we thought we knew about The Joker. But did you know there were scenes taken out of the original cut?

If people thought what the movie depicted was already too disturbing... there was so much more.

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The filmmaker revealed some details about other scenes we never got to see because they were "too insane" for audiences to witness.

There was one particular scene that Pheonix did...

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Speaking at the SBIFF Cinema Society at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Phillips said this: "So the other thing that's great about Joaquin is that he's always up to try things. So, we would finish our days early sometimes and we started doing this thing, Joaquin and I, we called it... a study of insomnia."

He continued:

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"It was our own fun little thing like we have an hour left in the day, let's light this kitchen, Joaquin let's do something over by the sink or the fridge, and let's just set up 2 cameras."

"It wasn't in the script it was something that Joaquin just kind of did..."

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He revealed that there was one particular Rated-R bathtub scene and before your mind wanders off, it wasn't anything sexually explicit. It was actually too intense to include in the final cut. "There were 2 or 3 others we shot, one that is amazing in a bathtub, but I don't think we can actually include it in an R-rated movie... It was just insane."

So, if you were one of those people that thought it was already too disturbing to be on the big-screen...

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Then just know it could have been cranked up a notch with the scene they decided to keep hidden. Annoyingly, Phillips didn't expand further, but by just the little snippet he gave us, we're intrigued. If you've watched Joker too many times and you're looking for something new to watch, read this article outlining some of the best shows coming to Netflix this month. Happy scrolling!