After a few seconds of confusion, he shuffles out of the bathroom dangling an extinguished cigarette from two fingers. I saw that in, for example, Sister Helen Prejean, who sits with death row inmates. There is something of the embarrassing street lunatic about this Jesus. “I think it was most important for me to find the man,” he wheezes. And that is very dangerous as an actor.” So, he didn’t wrestle with the challenge of playing divinity. “It was more to do with finding that in myself and other people.
Nobody else around can match that combination of menace and vulnerability.Irresponsible reports have suggested that they’ve spent the remaining years shaking off early trauma. And you’re wiping out 70 per cent of the commercials you can do? When he collapsed outside the Viper Room on the Sunset Strip, the young actor was poised for world domination. In 2010, he faked his own public breakdown for a weird pseudo-documentary called “Oh, I am so fucking sick about talking about that,” he says. (Somewhat surprisingly, Joaquin and River are the only brothers to have received Oscar nominations for acting.) It was Joaquin who made the 911 call. I had a strong feeling for the things I wanted to experience.” Phoenix has succeeded despite a conspicuous suspicion of the publicity machine. “No other film I’ve been in I have been asked so much about.” The film attacked the pressures of an endless celebrity news cycle. He was transcendent opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman in Paul Thomas Anderson’s , audiences will get to see the astonishing, anguished performance that won him best actor at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. Brother of the late River Phoenix, he first appeared on screen as – you can see a pattern emerging – Leaf Phoenix, before reinventing himself as Joaquin at the age of 15. Now 43, Phoenix has been in the business since the age of eight.