Joaquin relished undercover role
Joaquin Phoenix found acting incognito liberating.
The 40-year-old went on hiatus following the release of his mockumentary film I'm Still Here in 2010. The movie was directed by Joaquin's brother-in-law Casey Affleck and followed the star's fake retirement from acting and move into hip-hop music.
It received mixed reviews and Joaquin's bizarre behaviour prior to its release, which he claimed was him staying in character for the shoot, saw him become the centre of many jokes. But the actor looks back on the period fondly, insisting it was a crucial moment in his career.
"That experience is definitely in the top five - or maybe the best - acting experience I ever had," he told Los Angeles Times. "I learnt to let go, partly because there was no time to make a choice. You were live in the moment and the other people didn't know that it was [for a film]. It was so liberating. It helped me stop making so many conscious decisions."
Since his return to the industry in 2011, Joaquin has put on countless impressive performances, such as Freddie Quell in Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master and Theodore Twombly in Her.
Next up fans can see him in Woody Allen's Irrational Man opposite Emma Stone. Joaquin counts himself lucky to have had the privilege of being selective about his work over the last few years.
"I've been very fortunate where I've only made movies recently - except for one - where I felt like I had to do it," he added. "It wasn't 'I want to do this film.' It was, 'I'll do anything for this. I'll battle anybody. Give me a shot.' I want to experience it more, and reading it isn't enough. I want to magnify that and see the full expanse of that feeling, how much of it can there be."
- Cover Media