Lady Gaga's foray into method acting on the set of the upcoming blockbuster Joker: Folie à Deux was marked by an intriguing revelation. Lawrence Sher, the film's cinematographer and an Oscar-winning artist, disclosed that Gaga, known off-screen as Stefani Germanotta, requested to be addressed as "Lee" during the shoot.
Sher admitted to feeling a disconnect with the renowned singer and actress, even during makeup and hair tests, leading him to wonder if something was amiss between them. Recalling the initial awkwardness, Sher admitted to keeping their interactions minimal, unsure of how to connect with Gaga.
However, everything changed when the Assistant Director suggested using "Lee" as her on-set name. Embracing the new moniker, the cinematographer noticed an immediate transformation in their dynamic. The simple switch brought about a profound shift in their connection, breaking down barriers and fostering a more genuine collaboration.
Joker Sequel: Gaga's Complex Romance
Gaga's venture into the Joker sequel, slated for release on October 4, 2024, commenced in mid-2022, and the film's production concluded this spring. The sequel promises to delve into the complex romance between Harley Quinn and the Joker while they find themselves at Arkham Asylum, with the added musical flair that made the first film such a resounding success.
Paparazzi snapshots taken during filming in New York City hinted at Gaga's compelling portrayal of Harley Quinn. Dressed in a stripped-down version of the character's iconic costume, Gaga sported messy clown makeup, disheveled blonde hair, a checkered blouse, a leather skirt, and a striking crimson jacket.
The anticipation for Joker: Folie à Deux is palpable, especially given the triumph of its predecessor. The first Joker film captivated audiences worldwide, earning over $1 billion at the box office and earning Joaquin Phoenix a coveted Best Actor award at the 2020 Oscars.
The upcoming sequel boasts an impressive cast, with Zazie Beetz, Brendan Gleeson, Catherine Keener, and Bradley Cooper, who also serves as a producer, joining Lady Gaga in bringing the gripping story to life. As the release date inches closer, fans and critics alike eagerly await the cinematic experience that promises to push the boundaries of storytelling and captivate audiences once more with Lady Gaga's transformative performance.