According to Scarlett Johansson, Joaquin Phoenix had trouble recording the audio for their sexual scenes in the 2013 Spike Jonze movie “Her.” The actress also mentioned how “gross” it was to hear herself acting like she was having an orgasm while filming.
On Monday, October 10, the 37-year-old “Black Widow” actress claimed on Dax Shepard’s “Armchair Expert” podcast that several scenes had to be recreated because her co-star had already finished filming the entire movie before she took over her role, which was really intended for Samantha Morton.
According to Fox News, the Academy Award nominee said, “You don’t want to hear your voice ever. You definitely don’t want to hear what you sound like having an orgasm. You definitely don’t want to hear what you sound like having a fake orgasm — ew. It’s so gross. It was so bizarre.”
“I’ve become that actor that’s like, ‘Let’s get dirty.’ I have to because otherwise, I’ll be petrified. Joaquin comes in, we try to get through one take, and he was, like, losing it. He was like ‘I can’t do it,'” she goes on to add.
Phoenix’s character falls in love with Samantha, a character played by Johansson, in the critically praised movie. Throughout the entire film, she exclusively provided voiceovers. Phoenix had to leave the room while they were compiling the sounds, she added.
“He was like angry… he had already [filmed the scene], he had done it in person, and now he was with me in this weird theater, and I’m in this box, and he was like staring at me, and the lights are low, and Spike is there… it was so bizarre,” Johansson said.
Shepard asked jokingly if they had cocktails to help them with the scene. “We definitely did not have cocktails. I was fine. Joaquin was not – he was so upset about it. He left the studio, and now I’m in this box by myself, and I’m like, ‘I can’t do it alone. I need him to come back.’ He needed a break, he took a break and he came back in,” she said.
Phoenix will return as “The Joker” in the anticipated 2024 sequel, “Folie à Deux,” to the critically successful movie. In the Todd Philipps-directed film, Lady Gaga portrays Harley Quinn, with supporting performances by Catherine Keener, Zazie Beetz, and Brendan Gleeson.