5 questions for Joaquin Phoenix

Things to know about Joaquin Phoenix

1 How do you fill the gaps between movies?
I have a pretty simple, boring life. When I’m not working, I love thinking about nothing at all.

2 You hate watching yourself. Have you seen your latest, Irrational Man?
I haven’t. Paul Thomas Anderson [the director] got me to watch The Master, and I saw Her. Those are the only two I’ve seen. I thought I might be mature enough to watch and learn, but it’s still something I struggle with.

3 What kind of film do you still want to make?
I still feel like I haven’t done what’s motivated me since I was young. And time is running out. At the rate I’m going, it’s maybe eight movies more by the time I’m 50. I think 30 to 45 are probably the best years for an actor.

4 Do you have a rep for being a bit awkward?
I’m not being difficult. I’m just trying to find what works for me.

5 Was working with Woody Allen on Irrational Man a no-brainer?
I always liked him as an actor. He never asks for the audience’s sympathy. I always want to do it, but I think I fail.

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