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When it came to the Clown Prince of Crime’s iconic painted face, Joker’s makeup artist had a huge challenge. Nicki Ledermann knew she had to create a look that would be both recognizable to fans of the DC Comics villain, but still entirely unique. The look she finally settled on certainly did the trick, and helped propel the film toward historic global success. And it turns out that a few of her choices had a lot to do with Joaquin Phoenix being antsy in the makeup chair, too.
In an interview with Dazed & Confused Magazine, the makeup artist opened up about how she arrived at the final incarnation of Joker’s most important look. It turns out the process before production started took a lot longer than the actual act of putting the makeup on Joaquin Phoenix. And Nicki Ledermann explained there was a very good reason for that:
Joaquin Phoenix’s restlessness and the intricacies of keeping the makeup intact weren’t the only challenges Nicki Ledermann faced on the Joker set. She also spoke about the difficulties of keeping up such a specific look consistent throughout production, telling the magazine:
Nicki Ledermann’s production anecdotes are just the latest to emerge from Joker’s cast and crew. Cinematographer Lawrence Sher recently explained that Joaquin Phoenix improvised that fridge scene in one take. And Joker’s director Todd Phillips revealed that Arthur Fleck’s celebratory bathroom dance was also the result of the actor’s improvisation. And all these behind-the-scenes stories go to show that oftentimes, it’s the small details we never see that really make or break a film.