Do you remember Ladder 49? It's okay if you don't. It had John Travolta and Joaquin Phoenix and judging by the name, I'm guessing it was about firefighters. Well during the press tour for the movie, Joaquin started spinning a yarn that became longer and longer each time he told it.
Basically the yarn involved him spending time with the NY Fire Academy and spending time with NYFD personnel in preparation for the movie. He went on and on about how inspiring they were and how he learned so much.
Well, Time Out New York wanted to do a followup story on the claims and after some hemming and hawing, Joaquin finally broke down and said he made it all up.
The actor said he made the claim to impress reporters while promoting his 2004 movie Ladder 49. Phoenix told Time Out New York: “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 f**king job. Do you think that because you did some research that you deserve some special credit?”
He added: “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.”
So, I'm guessing Joaquin isn't a method actor huh? It's too bad he's not because maybe then he would have won the Oscar and not just been nominated for one. Frankly, I like the guy as an actor, but the scar on the face drives me crazy. Not as crazy as looking at Hugh Grant's teeth, but still crazy.