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As awards season heats up and the Oscar nominations are grabbing entertainment headlines, one actor’s heartfelt, tortured performance in particular is the subject of much water cooler talk: of course that is Joaquin Phoenix for his brilliant turn as Arthur Fleck, aka Joker. (Spoilers ahead, but if you’re an actor and you haven’t seen Joker yet, turn off your computer – after bookmarking this page of course – and get to the damn theater. Now!)

The Todd Phillips-helmed DC Comics film elucidating the back story of the legendary super villain and long-time nemesis to Batman blew up opening weekend predictions to become the highest-grossing October release ever at $96 million. To date the film has continued to exceed expectations, reeling in $334 million domestically and over $1 billion worldwide, and is up for 11 Oscars including Best Actor, Best Picture and Best Director.

Even before the film came out, there was plenty of talk about Joker due to the tough issues it addresses. The movie is set in a Gotham (one that is essentially New York City in late 1970s or early 1980s, during the garbage strike period of general filth and lawlessness) that is a dismal place where basic social services get ruthlessly cut and rich assholes run things with impunity while the little people struggle just to survive. Wait a minute, that sounds familiar….

Anyway, Phillips of course provided the palette for Phoenix to paint Fleck, with his innovative, patient direction, almost leisurely in the way he allows the camera to run and observe what we can see roiling beneath the surface in Phoenix, even in quiet moments. Not lost as well is the deft use of the comedy chops Phillips honed on The Hangover series as well as films like Old School, humor that provides contour and color to this darkest of tales about mental collapse.

But let’s face it: it was Phoenix’s tour-de-force performance that really has people talking.

So while the story Phoenix and Phillips are telling here comes along at a perfect time, and while Phillips’ restrained direction of one of the least violent superhero movies in history nonetheless captivates audiences, it’s really Phoenix’s take on Arthur Fleck, the mentally ill, schlubby everyman who transforms himself into one of the greatest villains the world has ever known that makes this film a masterpiece. Here are a few of Phoenix’s key scenes.

1. First Scene With His Psychiatrist

Phoenix and Phillips come out swinging just after the title and the opening scenes of Arthur Fleck working as a sign-twirler/clown with his first interaction with his psychiatrist. Fleck’s laugh, a joyless, involuntary reaction to emotional stress, something akin to Tourette’s syndrome, is first depicted here. We see Phoenix convey his immense frustration at not being able to control the laughter, as well as the emotional pain and sorrow he is reckoning with that drives it. His choking, sobbing, laughter sounds almost like crying at certain points, and Phoenix manages to convey all of that without saying a word. Then, once he finally gets it all under control for a moment, Phoenix takes his sweet time and revels in the stillness in the wake of episode before delivering his gut-punch of a line: “Is it just me, or is it getting crazier out there?” While the entire scene in less-skilled hands could have come off any number of other, shallower ways, the brooding, grim feel of this man’s despair, this gloomy office, and this broken version of Gotham essentially on the brink of social collapse all come through in those simple words.

2. The Bathroom Dance

After Arthur Fleck stands up to the Wall Street douche-bros on the subway and kills them, he flies into full panic mode. He hasn’t fully transformed into his alter ego Joker just yet, but this is a pivotal moment in that metamorphosis. Fleck dashes full speed up the subway stairs and into a public restroom, slamming the door behind him. Here we see Phoenix the actor come to the fore with all his skills and talent, as a panting, terrified Fleck catches his breath, then slowly, languorously turns and shifts into a slow, eerily beautiful dance. Even more impressive, director Phillips has said that the dance came out of an improvisation by Phoenix on the day of the shoot and that originally he was going to process the violence he had just committed through talking to himself in the mirror. They tossed that idea in favor of the dance, and with elements reminiscent of Tai Chi, commedia dell’arte, vaudeville, and even a mocking sort of burlesque thrown in from time to time, this odd, disturbing, yet arresting and somehow gorgeous dance, all taking place in a filthy public restroom, is comforting for Fleck. It calms him. And Phoenix’s shift from the beat where he is in panic into the nearly soothing dance is also somehow a step in his shift from Fleck to Joker. We might also think of this dance as another coping mechanism in Fleck’s fraying arsenal of mental health tools: we see Phoenix calm himself as Fleck and push aside his fear over what he’s done in this dance. The entire sequence is worth of multiple re-watching for actors just to take the in mastery of shifting between two entirely disparate emotional beats, not to mention thinking about what can emerge from taking improvisational chances. 

3. The Refrigerator Moment

Also worthy of mention is the scene where Fleck, having just confronted (and been punched by) Thomas Wayne, his maybe father, and hearing repeated messages from the detectives who are homing in on him as a suspect in the subway murder, has hit perhaps the lowest of low points. We hear the increasingly irritated detective on the phone message mention that they were looking for him at his apartment that day, and, feeling the walls closing in, Fleck absently opens the refrigerator. Then, in a wholly unexpected moment for both Phillips and the crew, Phoenix begins shoving things out of the refrigerator, eventually making enough space that he crawls inside, closing the door behind him. Phillips, as he does throughout the film, allows the camera to linger for a good 10 or 15 seconds on the closed fridge, signaling that Fleck plans to remain inside for a while. Again, one random thought and improvisation coming from the actor turns this into an unforgettably weird, poignant and still wholly honest moment, further illustrating the character and furthering the story.

4. Comedy Club Performance

Another powerful moment showing off Phoenix’s acting chops is Fleck’s comedy club performance. Here we again see the torment that this affliction of laughter is putting him through. Phoenix makes it crystal clear that this is not funny; it’s torture for him. Even though his laughs are genuine, we can still see that his intent underneath is that he’s fighting against it with everything he’s got – and losing. It’s heartbreaking, of course, but what’s great about it for actors is seeing how fighting against something is so much more interesting to watch than going in one direction emotionally. That is, ti’s the character who is trying not to cry that looks genuinely tearful, or the one who is drunk but tries to act sober that is compelling. Also bound up in this comedy club scene is Fleck’s tragic desire to be a performer, despite his difficulties. He is still out there trying his damnedest even at the cost of ridicule and this utter torture he’s putting himself through due to the stress of it. This is a weird place for actors to take a lesson in perseverance, I guess, considering what Fleck turns into and his murderous, psychopathic nature, but nevertheless. If Arthur Fleck can get up there and fight through the adversity he faces, damn it, my problems and the things holding me back as an actor seem pretty tiny in comparison. 

Overall, it must be said that this was a tour-de-force performance for Phoenix all around, and anyone serious about acting should take the time to study Joker as if it were an extended acting class. Phoenix is up for and deserves Best Actor, but my prediction is that the subject matter, and the media firestorm over what they erroneously thought the movie was about will cause the Academy to chicken out once again and play it safe – which is the opposite of what Joaquin Phoenix and Todd Phillips have done in creating this magnificent work of art.


In this episode Aaron talks to Meredith Marciano of Amerifilm casting about her long career, what a Casting Director really does, stories from hit films and how Actors can find success working with Casting Directors.

In this episode of Surviving Show Business we talk to Ken Lazer, of Ken Lazer Casting – covering things like how actors can stand out, how to have a killer audition, SAG-AFTRA, Non-Union or SAG-AFTRA Fi-Core, how the casting process works and all about Ken’s new video course for actors, “CASTING’S BEST KEPT SECRETS REVEALED” an ONLINE MASTERCLASS W/ CASTING DIRECTOR, KEN LAZER.

Watch Ken’s video course here –
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In this episode of Surviving Show Business, Aaron Seals talks to Anthony Turk from TURK PR – A Celebrity Public Relations Company in Los Angeles. They talk about when actors and other talent should get a PR Agent and how to use them to further their careers.

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On this episode of Surviving Show Business Aaron talks with the soon-to-be Husband and Wife team of ‘BriGuel’ on how they are making their own TV show. They turned their experience in Music, Acting, Comedy and production skill into their own special brand of entertainment. In the interview they tell us how and why they are making their own show and their methods of marketing it.

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On this episode of Surviving Show Business with Aaron Seals we talk to Jeff Fisher. Jeff is best known as showrunner/director with experience on shows like “Keeping Up With The Kardashains,” “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” “The Simple Life” and “The Real World/Road Rules Challenge.” He’s written, directed and produced two independent films, both of which received distribution and directed television movies for Lifetime and Hallmark Channel.

OK Magazine called him ‘Hollywood’s Next Big Thing!’

This episode of Surviving Show Business is about Good Mental Health in Acting. Facing rejection, uncertainty, setting goals and helpful tips for high stress situations like auditions & agent meetings. The show also covers kids, Parents and families in show business.

This episode is all about Musical Theatre! Broadway actor, JR Bruno talk about his time on Book of Mormon, both the Broadway version and the touring companies. We also cover getting started in theatre, training, getting agents, touring theatre and auditioning.

On this episode of Surviving Show Business, Emmy nominated actress Naomi Grossman, best known as ‘Pepper’ on American Horror Story, talks about being on a hit TV series, producing her own one-woman shows, starting out in acting and her new web series – Ctrl-Alt-Delete.



In this episode of Surviving Show Business Aaron Seals interviews 2 time Emmy nominated voice actor, Bob Bergen. The interviews covers how Bob wanted to become the voice of Porky Pig as a kid and then did exactly that. This interview also covers the complete voice-over industry – characters, animation, commercials and video games. You’ve heard Bobs voice in animation hits such as: Despicable Me 3, The Secret Life of Pets, Minions, Toy Story 2, Up, WALL-E, Cars and hundreds more!

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In this episode we ASK A TALENT AGENT about the acting business and explore things like: Getting Started, How Agents and Managers work with the Actor, SAG-AFTRA, Actors Equity, Agent Commissions and whats makes a Great Actor!

A second compilation of some of the best acting scenes and/or performances of all time compiled by: sitiosanguinem.

List of actors/actresses:

Michael Fassbender – Hunger
Eric Bana – Chopper
Tommy Lee Jones – JFK
Rutger Hauer -Blade Runner
Dustin Hoffman – Midnight Cowboy
J.K. Simmons – Whiplash
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
Lesley Manville – Another Year
Toni Servillo – La Grande Bellezza
Jane Fonda – Klute
Takashi Shimura – Ikiru
Kevin Kline – A Fish Called Wanda
Malcolm McDowell – A Clockwork Orange
Michelle Williams – Blue Valentine
Michael K. Williams & Viggo Mortensen – The Road
Peter Sellers – Dr. Strangelove
Marlon Brando – The Godfather
Vincent Gallo – Buffalo ’66
Jim Carrey & Kate Winslet – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Ian McKellen – Gods and Monsters
Harvey Keitel – Bad Lieutenant
Michael Shannon – Revolutionary Road
Ulrich Mühe – The Lives of Others
Naomi Watts – Mulholland Drive
David Thewlis – Naked
Vincent Cassel – La Haine
Edward Norton – Birdman
Sean Penn – Carlito’s Way
Heath Ledger – Brokeback Mountain
Michael Caine – The Quiet American
Marlon Brando – On the Waterfront
Jon Voight – Coming Home
Tom Hanks – Captain Phillips

Music: Moby – A Season in Hell
Mark Kozelek / Jimmy Lavalle – Ceiling Gazing
Moby – My Weakness

Hearing the call of the catwalk? You gotta work – do your homework!

Hi, I’m Trudi Tapscott and I’d love to explain to you some of the biggest mistakes models make in the beginning, when you’re first learning your job. I think it’s probably good things for parents to know too, because when you’re 14, 15 years-old, the person that’s looking out for you, your protector, is your parent, so anything you want to do or pursue, they’re going to be there with you. I really think that when you’re in your hometown, the biggest mistake you make is that someone is going to come and discover you, and rescue you, and you’re going to be a top model, and you’re going to make a million dollars tomorrow, that is never going to happen. It is a job, it’s a career, it’s a business….

From Howcast
Published on Aug 21, 2013

From Film4  – Various famous actors and actresses tell us what inspires and drives them when taking on new roles.

Keira Knightley
Tom Hanks
Anne Hathaway
Ben Stiller
Judi Dench
Michael Fassbender
Natalie Portman
Leonardo DiCaprio
Saoirse Ronan
Andrew Garfield
Olivia Colman
Jason Flemyng
Olga Kurylenko
Tom Hiddleston
Jesse Eisenberg
Brie Larson
Zoe Saldana
Kristin Scott Thomas
Tom Cruise

“The theatre is an operation with the scalpel, I think movie acting is an operation with the laser.”

Michael Caine teaches in this documentary the art of movie acting to five young actors, who perform scenes from “Alfie”, “Deathtrap” and “Educating Rita”. He talks about how to perform in close-ups and extreme close-ups. He warns about the continuity dangers of smoking cigarettes or fiddling with props. He talks about screen tests, special effects, men who are cavalier about your safety and speaking to someone who is off camera. The movie camera is your best friend and most attentive lover, he says, even though you invariably ignore her

(BBC 1987)
Published by: FilmKunst
Published on Nov 5, 2013

We love this great compilation video of some of the best Acting Scenes ever captured! You might as well learn from the best! Take notes and enjoy the show. This video was created by: sitiosanguinem and is the first of several amazing compilations videos of great Actors Scenes.

Films in chronological order:
Apocalypse Now
Sexy Beast
The Deer Hunter
Aguirre – Wrath of God
The Wrestler
The Great Dictator
Blue is the Warmest Colour
The Dark Knight
Into the Wild
True Detective
The Passion of Joan of Arc
Half Nelson
Léon: The Professional
Blood Diamond
Training Day
The Last King of Scotland
The Godfather Part III
Raging Bull
Breaking Bad
There Will Be Blood
Mystic River
Good Will Hunting
Lost in Translation
Taxi Driver
The Silence of the Lambs
Revolutionary Road
Take Shelter
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Lawrence of Arabia
The Master
The Untouchables
Sophie’s Choice
Barney’s Version
Glengarry Glen Ross
It’s a Wonderful Life
A Single Man
My Left Foot
I Stand Alone
Man on the Moon
The Godfather Part II

sitiosanguinem: A compilation of some of the best acting scenes and/or performances of all time. I know there are many missing. It is just a glimpse. Also, it is a subjective list, I don’t claim it to be objectively correct, if there’s such a thing.

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Actors can try for years to land a decent role, and even when they do, it’s no guarantee of success. Those who manage to make it big often say the same thing: they were in the right place at the right time. Have a look at the auditions that changed everything for these actors…

Actor Auditions in this video: 

Daisy Ridley | 0:16
Hugh Jackman | 1:24
Harrison Ford | 2:32
Sigourney Weaver | 3:42
Christopher Reeve | 447
Gabourey Sidibe | 5:51
Daniel Radcliffe | 6:52