“Joker” star Joaquin Phoenix stunned Toronto subway passengers with a surprise visit that briefly clogged a downtown station’s platform and stairwells.
Phoenix spent about five minutes wandering past transit riders to view black-and-white images of farmed animals.
Leading the tour was Anita Krajnc of the vegan advocacy group Toronto Pig Save.
Phoenix is in Toronto to attend the Toronto International Film Festival, where he is promoting his new film “Joker.”
About two dozen vegan supporters and media followed Phoenix as he toured St. George station on Monday, pausing occasionally to look at sad images of sheep, pigs, fish and other farmed animals.
Krajnc says the event was organized very quickly, noting she asked Phoenix on Sunday if he could make an appearance and he agreed that night.
“He’s so busy, the only window he had was 3 to 5 p.m. today and he has this big award, yet he took time out to come see Be Fair Be Vegan Toronto because it’s so close to his heart,” said Krajnc.