*Slight Spoiler Alert*
But it seems that even with as much of a fan favorite as it’s been, one of Joaquin Phoenix’s most beloved moments from the film wasn’t included in the final version.
In a new interview with Collider, director Todd Phillips shared that he doesn’t "do" deleted scenes because they’re "deleted for a reason." He continued, "I have a thing against extended cuts and I kind of hate deleted scenes. The movie that exists is exactly the movie we want it to be." Still, Phoenix believes that "one of the best scenes" in the movie was ultimately cut.
"There was a scene that, that during the shoot we thought was one of the best scenes and we loved his behavior in the scene, and I’d always really liked the scene," Phoenix said in the interview. He continued by saying "it actually doesn’t work."
Phillips added: "It was basically a scene between him and Randall (Glenn Fleshler)—Randall’s the guy he kills with the scissors—and it was a scene with them on the stairwell leading up to the Ha-Ha’s offices." It’s a continuation of the scene where Arthur paints over the sign in Ha-Ha’s, and it’s “the last scene we took out of the movie," according to Phillips.
"That’s just what’s so cool about movies, right? You can have a great scene, it’s something that makes sense, but the movie is the collection of all of these scenes and they have to work together to tell the story, and it actually made that whole sequence so smooth," Phoenix said.
Check out the full interview with Phillips and Phoenix over at Collider.