Joaquin Phoenix says playing Joker was one of his greatest roles

Actor Joaquin Phoenix said his critically acclaimed role in Joker was “one of the greatest experiences of my career,” as the dark and ambitious comic book adaptation sent Toronto’s film festival into a frenzy Monday.

The movie scooped Venice’s prestigious Golden Lion prize for best film on Saturday and the premiere was the hottest ticket in town at North America’s biggest film festival.

“It seemed limitless, in how you could interpret the character and what you could do with it ― it didn’t feel like there were any rules,” said Phoenix of playing the diabolical super-villain.

Phoenix’s performance as the Joker has already drawn breathless Oscar predictions and controversy in equal measure.

Although Batman’s traditional villain has been famously played by the likes of Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger, the Gladiator star’s interpretation is arguably the most radical yet.

Hailed as “sensational” and “unnerving” by some critics, it has raised concern for others that its

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