Joaquin Phoenix’s Maniacal Laugh from The Joker Is Based on A Real-Life Ailment.
The Ultimate Therapy For Stress: From the dark knight series to the joker that has made a sensational hit for Todd Phillips, the director of the very movie. Joaquin Phoenix’s Arthur Fleck/ Joker has a very distinct habit of bursting into a loud and obnoxious laugh at some very wrong moments.
All previous Jokers have also had their own distinct laughs. Be it Hamill’s maniacal cartoonish laugh or Ledger’s creepy baritone laugh; they have all been personal to the actors who play the character. The creators have never given a reason for their laughs.
Remember the scene? Where Arthur is making faces at a kid but when his mom asks him to stop, he gets stressed and bursts out laughing?
The Pseudobulbar Affect can be described as an emotional disorder where the victim’s reaction is completely disconnected from their actual emotional state. This usually manifests itself in form uncontrollable crying and sometimes violent laughter.
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According to Stroke.org, researchers have concluded that the PBA is a result of brain damage and could have links to post-stroke anger.
Some of Arthur’s symptoms fall in line with real-world-PBA. Like the pattern of the episodes he has and the way each of them is an escalation of its predecessor. Once it reaches its peak, it decreases slowly. But then again, some of the symptoms or effects shown in the film are just convenient plot points.
In reality, PBA and stress have a direct correlation to each other as the laughter and tears have no real connection to a person’s actual mood at the time. Which tells you, in PBA, there’s a disconnect between the frontal lobe (which controls emotions), the cerebellum and brain stem (where reflexes are mediated). The effects are uncontrollable and can occur without an emotional trigger. Those with PBA have involuntary bouts of crying, laughter or anger.
Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.
Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.
Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
Laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.
Laughter burns calories. OK, so it’s no replacement for going to the gym, but one study found that laughing for 10 to 15 minutes a day can burn approximately 40 calories—which could be enough to lose three or four pounds over the course of a year.
And never underestimate the power of laughter!