Did you see I’m Still Here? Over two hours, Joaquin Phoenix raps in public, gets in fights, cavorts with a prostitute, pretends to poop on his friend, and has a half-dozen horribly awkward interactions with Diddy. It was really stupid. But I loved the idea of a bonafide Hollywood A-lister purposely torpedoing his career for two years simply because he could, and because he was apparently sick to death of his star status. So it’s not too much of a surprise to see that Phoenix thinks fuck all of acting awards, many of which he’s expected to be nominated for thanks to his feral performance in The Master. Speaking to Interview, he was frank about not giving a shit:
I’m just saying that I think it’s bullshit. I think it’s total, utter bullshit, and I don’t want to be a part of it. I don’t believe in it. It’s a carrot, but it’s the worst-tasting carrot I’ve ever tasted in my whole life. I don’t want this carrot. It’s totally subjective. Pitting people against each other . . . It’s the stupidest thing in the whole world. It was one of the most uncomfortable periods of my life when Walk the Line was going through all the awards stuff and all that. I never want to have that experience again. I don’t know how to explain it—and it’s not like I’m in this place where I think I’m just above it—but I just don’t ever want to get comfortable with that part of things.
The rest of the interview is amazing, too, because he talks about the process of making I’m Still Here: Apparently, it was originally imagined as a goofy sketch, but obviously morphed into so much more because director (and Phoenix BFF) Casey Affleck wouldn’t stop prodding him to embarrass himself further. And thank God for that.