Josh Brolin Reveals His Thoughts on ‘Joker’

Article by Sam McTernan

Avengers: Endgame star Josh Brolin has revealed his thoughts on Joker, in an insightful Instagram post. The actor took to the social media site to let his fans know exactly what he thought.

This follows other stars including Mark Hamill, who also praised Todd Phillips’ film.

Phoenix's Joker

Brolin is no stranger to the world of comic books, having played characters Jonah Hex, Thanos and Cable. You can read what he had to say below.

To appreciate “Joker” I believe you have to have either gone through something traumatic in your lifetime (and I believe most of us have) or understand somewhere in your psyche what true compassion is (which usually comes from having gone through something traumatic, unfortunately). An example of dangerous compassion would be to, say, make a film made about the fragility of the human psyche, and make it so raw, so brutal, so balletic that by the time you leave the theatre you not only don’t want to hurt anything but you desperately want an answer and a solution to the violence and mental health issues that have spun out of control around us.

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To appreciate “Joker” I believe you have to have either gone through something traumatic in your lifetime (and I believe most of us have) or understand somewhere in your psyche what true compassion is (which usually comes from having gone through something traumatic, unfortunately). An example of dangerous compassion would be to, say, make a film made about the fragility of the human psyche, and make it so raw, so brutal, so balletic that by the time you leave the theatre you not only don’t want to hurt anything but you desperately want an answer and a solution to the violence and mental health issues that have spun out of control around us. This film makes you hurt and only in pain do we ever want to change. It’s all in the irony of trauma — a fine line between the resentment of wanting to hurt society back for raping you of a decent life, for not protecting you, and accepting what feels like alien feelings with softening to those others who seem freakish in our era of judgment, and digital damnation. Like kids in Middle School: man, they can just be mean. For no reason. And, sometimes, those awful little clicky kids breed an evil in someone that rages much later, when everyone pretends we are all back to normal, when we all thought it had just manned up and gone away. We have a habit of hating and ostracizing and dividing and sweeping our problems under the rug. Joker, is simply lifting the rug and looking underneath it. Nothing more. Nothing less. It’s there.

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Despite its divisiveness, the Todd Phillips film has made a load of cash at the box office. Through Friday night, the movie hit $97.1 million internationally, $39.9m of which has come domestically. New tracking reports suggest the movie will end up making somewhere far north of $155m worldwide by the time the weekend is over.

Joker is in theaters now. Have you seen it yet? Let us know.


Sam McTernan

Sam McTernan

Sam is a Scottish artist and writer based in Edinburgh. He has been a Batman and comics fan for as long he can remember, This is a passion thankfully shared by his children.