In a report from Variety, Warner Bros. Entertainment has restricted access for print and broadcast journalists from the red carpet at the upcoming U.S. premiere of Joker.
The event, which will take place on Saturday in Hollywood at the famous TCL Chinese Theatre, will now only allow photographers access to talent and filmmakers, a studio spokesperson told Variety. Expected attendees include Joaquin Phoenix, director Todd Philips, and supporting stars like Zazie Beetz and Frances Conroy.
Last week, Joaquin Phoenix walked out of an interview promoting the film when he was asked about the film’s violence and it’s influence on the real world. During an interview with Robbie Collin of the Telegraph, Phoenix reportedly walked out when Collin asked him if he was “worried that this film might perversely end up inspiring exactly the kind of people it’s about, with potentially tragic results?” Phoenix reportedly responded saying, ‘Why? Why would you … ? No, no.” and then walked out.
The move to restrict access to interviews comes after a week of headlines about the violent and provocative nature of the film, and measures to inform and protect American moviegoers as they prepare to screen it.