When we spoke to Joaquin Phoenix he talked about his mockumentary I’m Still Here, and the David Letterman interview he did to promote it:
The only thing that bothered me was that it might be difficult for me to work again because obviously I wasn’t retiring and obviously I wanted to make films — and a certain kind of film — so the only thing that really gave me pause was at some point [thinking] “How will this affect my career?”
So much of the way we made the movie didn’t allow us the time to really consider things, and by the time we did, it was too late and we had painted ourselves into this corner. It’s funny because when I was going on Letterman, initially the idea was we were going to make some noise and do something much more extroverted and big and out there. …
Just before I went on, [director] Casey [Affleck] is like, “Listen, I think you’ve got to play this broken; I think the best way to put this together is that you will have gone and seen [rapper/producer] Diddy and he will say that your music is not working out … and then this is just heartbreak. … So you’re just virtually catatonic.” It was just this kind of switch, 180 degrees from what we initially talked about doing. … I think maybe if I had the time to think about it more, maybe it would’ve changed my opinion.
You can hear the full interview with Joaquin and read interview highlights HERE
Phoenix stars in the new film The Immigrant, and Her is now out on DVD.