In a phone interview with Time Out New York’s Laura Leu, Joaquin Phoenix came off as really humble and gracious. Kind of. Not really. Responding to Laura’s question about how he prepared for his role in We Own the Night, Joaquin said,
“I never prepare. I think that’s completely overrated. It’s a very simple job. All you have to do is . . . stand in the right spot and say the line. So I don’t really believe in preparation.” When Leu pressed, “But you prepared for ‘Ladder 49’ by training with a fire academy,” testy Phoenix replied, “I just said that because I thought it would sound good to the press. I don’t know why it seems to be of note that actors do any kind of preparation. It’s just what you’re supposed to do in your fucking job. Do you think that because you did some research you deserve some special credit?” [NY Post]
It’s true. Acting isn’t like being a doctor or a plumber. The only thing required is the ability to speak. You don’t even have to be literate. Even that dumbass Paris Hilton was in House of Wax. Joaquin did act like a little bitch though. He gets paid $10 million or whatever to stand there and mumble some lines. The least he can do is say how he and a few strippers got wasted and did lines of blow off each other’s genitals to prepare for his role as a drug-addled night club manager or, you know, say he studied Lindsay Lohan’s home videos.