‘Joker: Folie a Deux’ — My Recent Experience as a Background Actor

Playing a Gotham City Police Officer

Phil Rossi
6 min readApr 22, 2023
The Author on Set (The Joker Stairs/South Bronx)

As actors, we’re all in competition to get the parts. We submit and audition for wanted roles. Depending on the production, there could be a field of hundreds, if not thousands competing for the same role. To actors, these numbers seem daunting, if not infinitive.

As film and TV extras, we compete with one another to land these coveted roles. The submitted photos are sent to the production teams for selection and approval for background actors.

Once selected and booked, we leave the audition and selection process behind. Now it’s time to prepare, get into character, and perform.

Even as background actors, we may have more or fewer cues and action. On most sets, my fellow extras are supportive. We work, respect, and assist one another.

Gotham City’s Finest

My Recent Experience With ‘Joker 2’

Most of the film’s principal photography was shot in Los Angeles. Production was slated for a 10-day shooting schedule in and around New York City.