Over the years Joaquin Phoenix’s name has been rumored for several major studio tentpole films, most recently he came very close to taking on the role of Doctor Strange for Marvel Studios – ultimately passing on the part to Benedict Cumberbatch.
In a new interview with Time Out London, Phoenix has spoken about how he’s turned down blockbuster films in the past and says that he simply doesn’t find the idea of acting in them to be worth it for him:
“When I was younger I was probably a bit of a snob about [taking on blockbuster roles]. But they’ve gotten better. I’ve flirted with several of those films, having meetings and getting close, but ultimately it never felt like they’d really be fulfilling.
There were too many requirements that went against my instincts for character. I’ve been spoiled. I’ve never had to make those compromises. I’ve not met a director yet with one of those films where we go through the script, they say: ‘You know what, [frick] this set-piece, let’s focus on the character!’ I understand, but it’s best I don’t do it.”
Phoenix isn’t against those movies per se either, far from it. He has a major affection for J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” reboot: “I enjoy watching those movies. Did you see the rebooted ‘Star Trek’? That kid Chris Pine who plays Kirk is [frick]ing genius. I just don’t know if I want to have the experience of being in them.”