According to a report from TMZ, extras on the set of the new Joker movie starring Joaquin Phoenix were trapped on subway cars in Brooklyn for approximately three hours this past weekend. Reportedly, some urinated on the tracks through the small spaces between cars because they had no means of going to the bathroom.
The publication claims they weren’t permitted to go on break after working for two hours, leading some to bang on the doors asking to be let out. One of the individuals filed an official complaint with SAG-AFTRA about a violation of standards and practices.
When TMZ reached out to the union, they had no comment, but another insider close to the scene confirmed that someone filed a complaint and when a representative for SAG-AFTRA went to speak with those on set, they came to a resolution.
Warner Brothers claimed they were looking into the altercation, but they told Variety they had no more comments to make. As you may know, this is a significant hiccup in the production of the highly-anticipated film, Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix.
The movie is a prequel to the Batman films, showing how the Joker became a criminal mastermind after failing as a stand-up comedian. The movie features an all-star lineup including Robert De Niro, Brett Cullen, Marc Maron, Shea Whigman, Bryan Callen, and Frances Conroy.
Last month, filming began in New York City, and its set for release on the 34th of October, 2019.
Joker is perhaps one of the most eagerly awaited films right now with the exception of Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese’s upcoming movies. Joaquin follows Jared Leto’s portrayal of the Joker in Suicide Squad, a film that received mixed reviews.
Despite a varied bag of responses, Suicide Squad, already, has garnered a cult following, with some hailing Jared’s performance while others hated it. However, following Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker in The Dark Night was no easy feat.