Movie fans flock to ‘Joker’ steps in New York

Agence France-Presse . New York | Published: 00:00, Oct 28,2019


Tourists are flocking to a flight of stairs in the Bronx area of New York that Joaquin Phoenix dances down in an iconic but controversial scene from hit movie ‘Joker.’

Film buffs have even had to queue before being able to snap photos of themselves recreating the character’s pose that appears on the poster of the Todd Phillips-directed blockbuster.

‘It looks even better than in the movie,’ Tasula Ceballos, a young Russian living in Miami, told AFP, slightly disappointed that the crowds meant her photos didn’t come out quite as she had hoped.

‘I love when directors shoot in real places. Usually they film in studios like Warner Brothers but this is a real place. We can come and we can touch the floor,’ she added.

Before ‘Joker’ hit theaters in early October, the 132 steps between Shakespeare Avenue and Anderson Avenue were about as far away from the tourist trail in New York as you could get.

Now visitors are swarming to them from all over the world to upload pictures to Instagram or create hilarious memes to share online.

‘I’ve been a huge fan of Batman since I was small and I’m really happy to come here,’ said French teenager Noa Angenost, who planned to post his photos on Instagram.

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