The new Joker film is purportedly so “dark” and “disturbing” that people have been walking out of cinemas.

Several viewers took to Twitter to state that the film – which sees Joaquin Phoenix reprise the iconic role – should come with a “trigger warning”

Check out the trailer for the Joker movie below:

“I’ve just walked out of the Joker. Maybe I was naive in going/didn’t realise what an origin story would be like, maybe because I live with someone with MH [mental health], it was just far too dark for me to be able to watch,” wrote one viewer on social media, while another corroborated “Mental illness is a serious topic…… Horrible, dark movie. We walked out of it. We don’t recommend it. We already live in a sick society, let’s not add to it please!”

A third person added: “Would just like to say if anyone is thinking of going to watch the Joker movie, there should be a giant red trigger warning banner while buying tickets or something, people walked out after the first graphic shooting & there was quite a few after.”

Take a look at the last trailer as well:

In other Joker related news, Phoenix reportedly had some difficulty when it came to nailing the villain’s laugh.

In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Phoenix stated that the Joker’s laugh was: “Something that’s almost painful. I think for Joker it’s a part of him that wants to emerge. I think we all kind of assume what a Joker laugh is and it felt like a new, fresh way of looking at it.”

He continued: “I didn’t think that I could do it, I kind of practised alone but I asked Todd to come over to audition my laugh. I felt like I had to be able to do it on the spot and in front of somebody else. It was really uncomfortable. It took me a long time.”

“I found that I would identify certain parts of his personality or his motivation and then I would back away from that because I wanted there to be a mystery to the character. Throughout the course of shooting it felt like every day we were discovering new parts of his personality, up until the very last day.”

Source: vt

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