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Joaquin Phoenix was said to have lost his composure while filming Joker?. — Instagram/Joaquin Phoenix rocks

KUALA LUMPUR: Perhaps due to his being a consummate professional, award-winning Hollywood actor Joaquin Phoenix was said to have lost his composure while filming Joker.

The 44-year-old artiste has already been winning raves from critics for his performance in this deeply unsettling new film, which is only set to open next month.

According to a recent New York Times report, the actor “lost his composure on the set, sometimes to the bafflement of his co-stars.”

The report quoted Joker co-writer and director Todd Phillips as saying: “In the middle of the scene, he’ll just walk away and walk out.

“And the poor other actor thinks it’s them and it was never them — it was always him, and he just wasn’t feeling it… If he goes on Jimmy Kimmel and walks off after two minutes, I’d be like, ‘That’s my boy.'”

Phoenix did not, however, ever walked out on his most esteemed co-star Robert De Niro, who plays a late-night talk show host in the film.

“Joaquin was very intense in what he was doing, as it should be, as he should be,” De Niro said.

Phoenix, a three-time Oscar nominee, was reported to have lost more than 20kg for his role in the dark drama, which reimagines the iconic DC Comics supervillain in a disturbingly plausible and contemporary way.

Joker will open in cinemas on Oct 4.

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