Joaquin Phoenix's accidental acting
'The Master' star Joaquin Phoenix admits a "big part" of his on screen skills comes about "by accident" and a lot of it is out of his control
Joaquin Phoenix admits a "big part" of his on screen skills comes about "by accident".
The 'Master' star has been nominated for two Oscars - as Best Supporting Actor for his role in 'Gladiator' and 'Best Actor' in 'Walk the Line' - but says whether the characters he plays become powerful screen figures is beyond his control.
He said: "Do a lot of people come in and take credit for what they do? Does anybody acknowledge that a big part of what they do is just an accident? At least it is for me. I'll speak for myself. I don't think I've ever said that I want to play this type of character and then I've searched out and found it. It's just f***ing lucky, either you get lucky or you don't."
The 38-year-old actor said the only exception during his career has been the film 'I'm Still Here' in which he pretended to give up acting in real life for a hip-hop career and was followed around by director Casey Affleck in a documentary style.
He explained to the Independent newspaper: "That might be the one exception. I just wanted to try a different way of working, I wanted to work with my friends and I wanted to work without the whole machine."