This 2010 Miley Cyrus Throwback Video Sets the Bizarre Groundwork for 'Joker 2'

Without Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga might never have starred in the Joker sequel. True. After the Joker: Folie a Deux trailer premiered on April 9, a 2010 video went viral on social media proving Cyrus introduced Joaquin Phoenix to his future Joker 2 co-star Starring Gaga.

The resurfaced clip stems from a promotional video Cyrus and Phoenix made for "Write Love on Her Arms," ​​which raises awareness for suicide prevention efforts. In the video, Cyrus, who was 18 at the time, taught Phoenix how to vote for an online initiative. But their convoy soon turns to Cyrus, and Phoenix asks, "What did you do again?" (Anyone who hasn't seen Hannah Montana.)

She described herself as a "singer and actress" who toured and danced "sometimes" and compared her dance moves to Lady Gaga. However, Phoenix ignored this and pretended to know who Gaga was by shouting out the songs "Everybody Goes Up" and "Two Lashes At A Time," which are not songs by any famous artist, let alone Gaga .

Cyrus quickly corrected his mistake, singing the chorus of Gaga's 2009 hit "Bad Romance" and doing some choreography in her chair, with Phoenix admitting he had no idea who Gaga was. "That's next," she told him, adding that she would also teach him about Facebook, MySpace and even her own fan club, Mileyworld. "You have a lot to do," she said.

Lady Gaga and Joaquin Phoenix in the trailer for Joker: Pas de Deux . YouTube/Warner Bros. Pictures

Almost 10 years later, Phoenix played the eponymous character in 2019's Joker . Although the film was divisive among audiences, it was a critical and commercial success, becoming the highest-grossing R-rated film in box office history and winning Phoenix the Academy Award for Best Actor.

The success prompted director Todd Phillips to announce a 2022 sequel, which will be a musical with Gaga joining Phoenix as Joker's love interest Harley Quinn. Harley Quinn). Speaking at CinemaCon on April 9, Phillips said he chose Gaga for the role "because she's magical," recalling that he was a producer on Gaga's first feature film , A Star Is Born , which earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress.

“That was the first time I actually met her and watched her work,” he said. "As we were writing this script, Scott [Silver], who wrote the script with me, kept coming back to her."