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Is Joaquin Phoenix thinking twice about being Doctor Strange?

09.02.2014

Marvel's panel at this year's SDCC wasn't exactly the knockout punch fans were expecting. We had the details for films like ANT-MAN and AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, but where were the surprise announcements? What the hell was The Rock teasing us about? What of the rumors of a DOCTOR STRANGE announcement? Sometimes these announcement are delayed for legal reasons, but what if an actor could be the hold-up for a possible announcement? Joaquin Phoenix has been on the radar for some time now for DOCTOR STRANGE and if rumor is to be believed, it's because he's having second thoughts about making the commitment.  Badass Digest seems to feel that the amount of green screen work, pre-viz and reshoots required for a film of this nature may be getting in the way of Joaquin signing on.

If this is the case, I can't say I blame Pheonix for feeling the way he does. The contract would obviously be for a multi-picture deal, so you're essentially blindly signing on for films that you have zero clue about. Some actors take their work very seriously and I imagine Phoenix is questioning whether or not he wants to be known as "the Doctor Strange guy" for the next decade or so. Either way, I hope they sign an actor that's excited about the prospects this holds and can have some fun with the role.

DOCTOR STRANGE is slated to go into production in early 2015 for a July 8, 2016 release.

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11:10AM on 09/03/2014

Sounds like he is going to Edward Norton this shit up

Make the first movie, then demand a ton more $$ and creative rights for any reoccurring roles and sequels. I think Marvel should drop Phoenix before he fucks us all over.
Make the first movie, then demand a ton more $$ and creative rights for any reoccurring roles and sequels. I think Marvel should drop Phoenix before he fucks us all over.
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6:00AM on 09/04/2014
That's not how Marvel does it. They sign their actors for many pictures at once, meaning the actor is locked into a contract that also includes financial considerations. That's what happened with all the recurring characters you see in the MCU. Not a single superhero was signed to a single picture deal (Ruffalo, Evans, RDJ, Jackson, etc).
That's not how Marvel does it. They sign their actors for many pictures at once, meaning the actor is locked into a contract that also includes financial considerations. That's what happened with all the recurring characters you see in the MCU. Not a single superhero was signed to a single picture deal (Ruffalo, Evans, RDJ, Jackson, etc).
7:20AM on 09/03/2014

poor little thing !

So Comics Books Movies are SO bellow you ?
You're an ARTIST and don't need to work, not this awfully commercial job ?
Comics Books fans don't deserve your TALENT ?
Well good riddance !
So Comics Books Movies are SO bellow you ?
You're an ARTIST and don't need to work, not this awfully commercial job ?
Comics Books fans don't deserve your TALENT ?
Well good riddance !
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3:05AM on 09/03/2014

remember when....

SDCC stood for COMICS and not Hollywood bringing their boatloads of actors to promote their flicks that are years off?
yes.. COMIC.. BOOKS... and ..UH... ARTISTS?
SDCC stood for COMICS and not Hollywood bringing their boatloads of actors to promote their flicks that are years off?
yes.. COMIC.. BOOKS... and ..UH... ARTISTS?
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2:08AM on 09/03/2014

I never liked the comic.

I'd rather see Joaquin in a Rod Serling bio.
I'd rather see Joaquin in a Rod Serling bio.
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1:56AM on 09/03/2014
Isn't Phoenix known for being pretty hard to work with? He'd likely quit after one movie anyway and Marvel would have to recast. Might as well go with someone who will stick around for multiple pictures.
Isn't Phoenix known for being pretty hard to work with? He'd likely quit after one movie anyway and Marvel would have to recast. Might as well go with someone who will stick around for multiple pictures.
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12:25AM on 09/03/2014
My votes for Luke Evans. He looks the part and the right age.
My votes for Luke Evans. He looks the part and the right age.
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10:19PM on 09/02/2014
I wasn't thrilled about him as Strange in the first place, there has to be about a dozen other actors that have been mentioned as ' in the running' that would be far better choices in this role, the guys a good actor, but for this character? please some one else. strange is kind of like iron man but with magic, so if robert downey jr ends up not doing any more marvel movies besides a cameo, and they want to replace his 'spot' with Strange, then the actor taking that place is going to have to
I wasn't thrilled about him as Strange in the first place, there has to be about a dozen other actors that have been mentioned as ' in the running' that would be far better choices in this role, the guys a good actor, but for this character? please some one else. strange is kind of like iron man but with magic, so if robert downey jr ends up not doing any more marvel movies besides a cameo, and they want to replace his 'spot' with Strange, then the actor taking that place is going to have to be on par with him, and have that sense of fun that Downey brought to the table ( while still being in character of course).
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8:58PM on 09/02/2014
He's going to be a slippery fish for Marvel to hang on to.
He's going to be a slippery fish for Marvel to hang on to.
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8:14PM on 09/02/2014
Step 1: Let Joaquin Phoenix walk away from the role of Dr. Strange.
Step 2: Cast Pedro Pascal instead.
Step 3. Profit.
Step 1: Let Joaquin Phoenix walk away from the role of Dr. Strange.
Step 2: Cast Pedro Pascal instead.
Step 3. Profit.
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12:43AM on 09/03/2014
YES!!!!
YES!!!!
6:55PM on 09/02/2014
I can see why he has second thoughts about this. They probably want a six picture deal. No one who works for marvel will ever get the downy treatment. That being said Hugh Laurie would be awesome as strange
I can see why he has second thoughts about this. They probably want a six picture deal. No one who works for marvel will ever get the downy treatment. That being said Hugh Laurie would be awesome as strange
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12:43AM on 09/03/2014
That is an excellent Left-field idea. I think he's a tad old for the role, but he really would be perfect.....
That is an excellent Left-field idea. I think he's a tad old for the role, but he really would be perfect.....
2:55PM on 09/03/2014
Hugh Laurie is a little old but the guys not doing much and it could work for a six movie deal. I'd love to see him as strange
Hugh Laurie is a little old but the guys not doing much and it could work for a six movie deal. I'd love to see him as strange
6:36PM on 09/02/2014

I'd prefer it if he did

I don't want him as Strange. He's a good actor but it doesn't feel right. Jared Leto, Daniel Radcliffe, or Patrick Wilson would be good choices
I don't want him as Strange. He's a good actor but it doesn't feel right. Jared Leto, Daniel Radcliffe, or Patrick Wilson would be good choices
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12:44AM on 09/03/2014
Ugh....Radcliffe? What, for Dr Strange's Creek? Is he going to save Pacey?
Ugh....Radcliffe? What, for Dr Strange's Creek? Is he going to save Pacey?
6:29PM on 09/02/2014

Go with Jack!

Huston was good as Wulfric in Outlander (the film not the Starz series), and he'd probably be willing to sign a multi-movie deal.
Huston was good as Wulfric in Outlander (the film not the Starz series), and he'd probably be willing to sign a multi-movie deal.
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3:09PM on 09/02/2014
As a big Phoenix fan I say stay away. I'd rather him keep making the choices he's been making his entire career.
As a big Phoenix fan I say stay away. I'd rather him keep making the choices he's been making his entire career.
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2:45PM on 09/02/2014
I'm sure he is! Dr strange is not his kind of role! No way he commits to what comes with taking on a "marvel role". Plus this guy doesn't like a lot of attention, if he's in a marvel film he'll be mobbed everywhere he goes. This sort of thing ain't Phoenix's bag.
I'm sure he is! Dr strange is not his kind of role! No way he commits to what comes with taking on a "marvel role". Plus this guy doesn't like a lot of attention, if he's in a marvel film he'll be mobbed everywhere he goes. This sort of thing ain't Phoenix's bag.
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2:31PM on 09/02/2014

Great News IMO

Let this guy walk away, and cast some of the previously mentioned people we have heard for months. Phoenix supporters thinks he has range, when he doesn't. Especially if he is afraid of the role.
Let this guy walk away, and cast some of the previously mentioned people we have heard for months. Phoenix supporters thinks he has range, when he doesn't. Especially if he is afraid of the role.
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2:14PM on 09/02/2014
Phoenix is near the top when it comes to acting caliber so he would make as good a Dr. Strange as any other Marvel hero, because he's just generally good at what he does. And for that very reason I have always found his flirtations with Marvel (he was rumored for Banner at one point) to be kind of weird. I'm surprised his involvement has gone on this long.
Phoenix is near the top when it comes to acting caliber so he would make as good a Dr. Strange as any other Marvel hero, because he's just generally good at what he does. And for that very reason I have always found his flirtations with Marvel (he was rumored for Banner at one point) to be kind of weird. I'm surprised his involvement has gone on this long.
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1:52PM on 09/02/2014
I can't blame him and admire the honesty. But I think he'd make a great Dr Strange. Could be just the thing he needs for his career too. He's played many types of roles, mostly dramatic roles. From Commodus in Gladiator to Merrill in Signs to Theodore in Her, Phoenix hasn't really done the action/sci fi blue screen stuff. It is time consuming. He would do a great job. But that would be his life for 2 years or more. His future would be Marvel Films for a long long time. He'd have to get
I can't blame him and admire the honesty. But I think he'd make a great Dr Strange. Could be just the thing he needs for his career too. He's played many types of roles, mostly dramatic roles. From Commodus in Gladiator to Merrill in Signs to Theodore in Her, Phoenix hasn't really done the action/sci fi blue screen stuff. It is time consuming. He would do a great job. But that would be his life for 2 years or more. His future would be Marvel Films for a long long time. He'd have to get used to changing his entire future catalog of work.
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1:46PM on 09/02/2014
i like Phoenix, but let him pass if hes not feeling it. there are dozens of other guys out there who want the role. i understand his hesitance, so just move on. i'm all for Jack Huston or Justin Theroux
i like Phoenix, but let him pass if hes not feeling it. there are dozens of other guys out there who want the role. i understand his hesitance, so just move on. i'm all for Jack Huston or Justin Theroux
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1:35PM on 09/02/2014

logged in just to say..........

Patrick Wilson as Dr. Strange.

thank you.
Patrick Wilson as Dr. Strange.

thank you.
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1:32PM on 09/02/2014

"Some actors take their work very seriously"

And then there is this guy: [link]
And then there is this guy: [link]
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6:00PM on 09/02/2014
How is that not taking his work seriously? That was a role. He played himself, but it was a role. And a lot of people bought it.
How is that not taking his work seriously? That was a role. He played himself, but it was a role. And a lot of people bought it.
1:24PM on 09/02/2014

Fanboy attention

If he takes this role, he will be the centre of attention. Paparazzis will stalk him, audiences will hence see him as Dr Strange even in other movies.
Take your own time and make the best decision Mr Phoenix.
If he takes this role, he will be the centre of attention. Paparazzis will stalk him, audiences will hence see him as Dr Strange even in other movies.
Take your own time and make the best decision Mr Phoenix.
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1:21PM on 09/02/2014
I'd rather see Phoenix killing it in nearly any other movie than a [link] He'd be good in it but there are other people that could please Marvel. Phoenix doesn't need this and Marvel doesn't need him.
I'd rather see Phoenix killing it in nearly any other movie than a [link] He'd be good in it but there are other people that could please Marvel. Phoenix doesn't need this and Marvel doesn't need him.
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1:27PM on 09/02/2014
marvel needs him.Disney wants more credibility to their movie. Maybe they are even aiming an oscar.
marvel needs him.Disney wants more credibility to their movie. Maybe they are even aiming an oscar.
1:54PM on 09/02/2014
harryameen, I hope you're joking. Because as much as I love the MCU, the idea that Marvel is going to chase an Oscar with Dr. Strange is laughable.
harryameen, I hope you're joking. Because as much as I love the MCU, the idea that Marvel is going to chase an Oscar with Dr. Strange is laughable.
2:04PM on 09/02/2014
Its a very vague idea.Guardians of the galaxy might get a nomination for special effects or music
Its a very vague idea.Guardians of the galaxy might get a nomination for special effects or music
12:47AM on 09/03/2014
Why would you chase an Oscar with someone who's never won an Oscar? That makes no sense.....
Why would you chase an Oscar with someone who's never won an Oscar? That makes no sense.....
12:53PM on 09/02/2014
Marvel should tell him to walk, with all due respect to both sides. He clearly isn't into it and they obviously can't have an actor who hates his character. It's okay. He's not built for this kind of machine. Joaquin should go back to whatever he does, and Marvel should go get someone who WANTS the part.
Marvel should tell him to walk, with all due respect to both sides. He clearly isn't into it and they obviously can't have an actor who hates his character. It's okay. He's not built for this kind of machine. Joaquin should go back to whatever he does, and Marvel should go get someone who WANTS the part.
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12:52PM on 09/02/2014
Phoenix is one of those Bale type actors who thinks of his job as some sort of "craft". Get someone who can be dependable to do the work.
Phoenix is one of those Bale type actors who thinks of his job as some sort of "craft". Get someone who can be dependable to do the work.
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1:18PM on 09/02/2014
yes, it is a craft. Thats why their movies are great.
yes, it is a craft. Thats why their movies are great.
12:47PM on 09/02/2014

Again...

I've said the same thing weeks ago but I will say it again. This casting will not happen. Marvel will not let him sign for just one picture and he wont commit to a 6 picture deal, end of story.
I've said the same thing weeks ago but I will say it again. This casting will not happen. Marvel will not let him sign for just one picture and he wont commit to a 6 picture deal, end of story.
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12:40PM on 09/02/2014

Next!

As being one in the industry, this won't be a great match for him. He would be great in the role but the process would be the death of him. Jack Houton, next!
As being one in the industry, this won't be a great match for him. He would be great in the role but the process would be the death of him. Jack Houton, next!
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12:36PM on 09/02/2014

He's somewhere in my ten favorite actors list but...

...he's not Dr. Strange.
I'm still hoping Justin Theroux is suddenly cast.
...he's not Dr. Strange.
I'm still hoping Justin Theroux is suddenly cast.
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12:34PM on 09/02/2014
after 8 Marvel movies. I trust in Marvels ability to cast the right actor/actress for their roles. fans haven't really been disappinted so far in the casting of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Hawkeye, Black Widow, or Nick Fury. and how well they performed. if Joaquin Phoenix is their pick then I will stand by it. if it ends up being someone else so be it. most fans have their own casting opinion but I can't help but notice all the typecasting in their wish list. Joaquin Phoenix is a
after 8 Marvel movies. I trust in Marvels ability to cast the right actor/actress for their roles. fans haven't really been disappinted so far in the casting of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Hawkeye, Black Widow, or Nick Fury. and how well they performed. if Joaquin Phoenix is their pick then I will stand by it. if it ends up being someone else so be it. most fans have their own casting opinion but I can't help but notice all the typecasting in their wish list. Joaquin Phoenix is a great actor but most fans think he isn't a fit simply because they can't think outside their typecasting mold of a mindset. think outside the box and be original. the best options aren't always the one we expect or want.
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1:36PM on 09/02/2014
Don't worry, Joaquin will be rejecting the role anyway I bet. Judging by the movies he's done in the past years, he's much more into roles in which he can physically provide his 100% and I doubt it that Feige and Derrickson would really go that way. At the end of the day the the makers, audience and Phoenix will be disappointed and then another character will go down the hellhole unless we face a situtation similar to Hulk's resurrection in The Avengers...
Don't worry, Joaquin will be rejecting the role anyway I bet. Judging by the movies he's done in the past years, he's much more into roles in which he can physically provide his 100% and I doubt it that Feige and Derrickson would really go that way. At the end of the day the the makers, audience and Phoenix will be disappointed and then another character will go down the hellhole unless we face a situtation similar to Hulk's resurrection in The Avengers...
12:31PM on 09/02/2014

Joaquin Phoenix wouldn't have been my first choice for Dr. Strange

but he is a fine choice. If he's getting cold feet, there are plenty of other actors who could do an excellent job in the role. Keep looking, Marvel.
but he is a fine choice. If he's getting cold feet, there are plenty of other actors who could do an excellent job in the role. Keep looking, Marvel.
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12:20PM on 09/02/2014
Well, better keep looking Marvel. Sounds like he doesn't want to do it.
Well, better keep looking Marvel. Sounds like he doesn't want to do it.
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12:17PM on 09/02/2014
I do hope he signs on, but only if his heart is really into it. If not, then hopefully Marvel goes for Jack Huston. I think he would make for a fantastic Doctor Strange; if not better.
I do hope he signs on, but only if his heart is really into it. If not, then hopefully Marvel goes for Jack Huston. I think he would make for a fantastic Doctor Strange; if not better.
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12:10PM on 09/02/2014
This is a very risky choice if it turns out to be true. Joaquin can literally say he's done after Doctor Strange and mess up the continuity of the character with the movies that will eventually follow (i.e. 'Avengers 3'). Love him as an actor but I feel like if he isn't committed enough then Marvel needs to find someone who is. Fast.
This is a very risky choice if it turns out to be true. Joaquin can literally say he's done after Doctor Strange and mess up the continuity of the character with the movies that will eventually follow (i.e. 'Avengers 3'). Love him as an actor but I feel like if he isn't committed enough then Marvel needs to find someone who is. Fast.
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12:09PM on 09/02/2014

Please

Pick someone else for the role. He wouldn't do it any justice.
Pick someone else for the role. He wouldn't do it any justice.
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12:08PM on 09/02/2014
don't like him as an actor. pick someone else more suited for it.
don't like him as an actor. pick someone else more suited for it.
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12:00PM on 09/02/2014
Joaquin is a bad choice for this role. He won't be able to handle all this CGI madness and in the end this movie will wreck the ongoing path of MCU. They should really look for a better candidate...
Joaquin is a bad choice for this role. He won't be able to handle all this CGI madness and in the end this movie will wreck the ongoing path of MCU. They should really look for a better candidate...
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