Joaquin Phoenix doesn't think making a blockbuster film would be fulfilling

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Earlier this year, Joaquin Phoenix was rumored to be in final negotiations to play Doctor Strange, however, as most of you probably know, the role ended up going to Benedict Cumberbatch. Perhaps one of the reasons why he didn't take the part is because he doesn't think doing a blockbuster franchise film would satisfy him as an actor. Phoenix said as much during an interview with Time Out London after being asked if he'd ever consider making a big movie like DOCTOR STRANGE or a Star Wars flick.

Sure. When I was younger I was probably a bit of a snob about that. But they’ve gotten better. I’ve flirted with several of those films, having meetings and getting close, but ultimately it never felt like they’d really be fulfilling. There were too many requirements that went against my instincts for character. I’ve been spoiled. I’ve never had to make those compromises. I’ve not met a director yet with one of those films where we go through the script, they say: “You know what, fuck this set-piece, let’s focus on the character!” I understand, but it’s best I don’t do it.

Phoenix went on to say although there are probably some filmmakers who think he's hard to please, he's not trying to be a pain in the ass just for the sake of being a pain in the ass.

...I’m not just being difficult. I’m just trying to find what works for me. I don’t want to commit to something and not fulfil those obligations. I enjoy watching those movies. Did you see the rebooted “Star Trek”? That kid Chris Pine who plays Kirk is fucking genius. I just don’t know if I want to have the experience of being in them. I’ve read some of those scripts and 75 percent is a description of some asteroid going through space.

Some actors just don't need roles in big budgeted films to help further their careers, and although he may be a little selective when it comes to his big screen projects, it's not like he's been taking parts in shitty movies. Yeah, IT'S ALL ABOUT LOVE and RESERVATION ROAD happened, but there's still more good films than bad ones on his resume, and not doing a bunch of huge movies has worked out pretty well for him so far.

Woody Allen's IRRATIONAL MAN starring Joaquin Phoenix is still playing in select theaters, and last month we learned the actor may reunite with his THE VILLAGE director M. Night Shyamalan for a mystery project.

Source: Time Out London



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