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Joaquin Phoenix reveals how he lost over 50 lbs. for ‘Joker’ movie

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Joaquin Phoenix reveals how he lost over 50 lbs. for 'Joker' movie

Joaquin Phoenix completely transformed his body to interpret the Joker in his next movie.

The 44-year-old actor dropped over 50 pounds to play the DC Villain also known as Arthur Fleck, in director Todd Phillip's home story, and he's setting the record for how he got it.

In an interview with Access HollywoodPhoenix confirms that he didn't eat just one apple a day.

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"It wasn't an apple a day. No, you also have lettuce and steamed green beans," he joked.

This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Joaquin Phoenix in a scene from "Joker"
(Niko Tavernise / Warner Bros. Images via AP)

The Golden Globe winner also ensured that he lost weight safely and manageably. "It's something I've done before and you work with a regulated, supervised and safe doctor," he explained.

But Phillips did not facilitate adherence to his extremely strict diet.

“Todd had those damn pretzels I love. And he only had their bags in his office! And that was hard, "said Phoenix.

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The role challenged the star in different ways and what attracted Phoenix to the role originally was not the superhero aspect. “I had very complicated feelings about the character when I read the script and started preparing for it. But I like it. I like it to challenge me, "he said.

Joaquin Phoenix reveals how he lost over 50 lbs. for 'Joker' movie

"Joker" hits theaters on October 4.
(Images from Warner Bros.)

"It's not an easy movie. And sometimes it's unsettling and uncomfortable. But there are other times when you feel ecstatic," Phoenix said. "It's not always pleasant, but it makes you feel – a very strong emotional reaction. I think that's what I look for in a movie, certainly as an actor, and also as a member of the audience. "

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"Joker" hits theaters on October 4.

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