Better acting performance: Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck/Joker or Matthew McConaughey as Rust Cohle?

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Poll Better acting performance: Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck/Joker or Matthew McConaughey as Rust Cohle? (31 votes)

Phoenix as Arthur Fleck/Joker 55%
McConaughey as Rust Cohle 45%
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#1  Edited By Ghostodoofus2

Going with McConaughey as Cohle, it actually beats a lot of Oscar-winning performances IMO, but this is close.

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Going with McConaughey as Cohle, it actually beats a lot of Oscar-winning performances IMO, but this is close.

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Matthew's role in True Detective is what made me truly appreciate him as an actor. The performance that he gave was way better than a lot of performances which have received Oscars imo.

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What kind of question is this?

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Phoenix.

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@odimm: A very legit question, I assure you. McConaughey as Rust is no joke.

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@odimm: A very legit question, I assure you. McConaughey as Rust is no joke.

I'm not saying it is, but Phoenix's Joker is already legendary. It performed better by every metric and he carried the movie.

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@odimm: Question, have you watched True Detective?

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@odimm: Question, have you watched True Detective?

Yes I have, Joker is better than True Detective and Phoenix is better than McConaughey, both in that film and overall.

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#11  Edited By Ghostodoofus2

@odimm: Wait, how can you even compare Joker to True Detective? They're very different.

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@ghostodoofus2: I enjoy Joker and Phoenix's performance more. You're the one comparing them, you tell me.

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@odimm: I was comparing Phoenix as Fleck to McConaughey as Cohle, not Joker to True Detective. Why would you compare Joker to True Detective?

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@ghostodoofus2: I said Joker was better than TD as in I like it more, I wasn't comparing anything specifically. And per the question Phoenix is better as Arthur and overall as an actor.

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#15  Edited By Ghostodoofus2

@odimm: Yeah I respect your opinion, just thought it's a little weird to compare a movie to a tv show and knowing you have a DC film bias, you would have voted for Phoenix anyway even if you never heard of TD. But that's none of my business, you gave your answer and that's enough.

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#16  Edited By Odimm

@ghostodoofus2: Mate, what are you on about? You're the one that made the comparison. I just answered the question. As far as to why I think Phoenix's performance is better, it's because he's in 90%, if not all of the scenes in Joker. He basically carries the movie, while McConaughey is a supporting character. And I like Joker better.

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@odimm: Alright mate, I was only curious to know if you really are familiar with TD. But I guess that is none of my business so I shouldn't bother. Also, McConaughey was definitely the lead.

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@tdk_1997: Ah, high five! Yeah, one of the best performances of the decade in film & tv.

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McConaughey.

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McConaughey as Cohle was a complete 180 from his usual roles and he nailed it.

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#22  Edited By Mrsportsguy13

Phoenix.

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Phoenix for me.

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Haven't seen TD so can't compare but Phoenix was beyond amazing in Joker.

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Dead even I think.

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@vishop_: I just realised something, they both killed the same guy: the big guy in Joker also played the killer in TD.

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Phoenix, but matthew was great as well.

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An extremely close matchup, but McConaughey clearly wins it IMO. His performance was more layered, yet more subtle and he completely revitalized his career. I was shocked the man could perform so well in a role like that. Phoenix is such a well renown and excellent actor that I wasn't all that more impressed by his performance even though he delivered Oscar quality work.

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