Joaquin Phoenix – ‘I Don’t Know What to Do’ in Napoleon……

I Don’t Know What to Do - Joaquin Phoenix on Napoleon

With an Oscar under his belt for Joker and a whole load of great performances under his belt Joaquin Phoenix is one of the great actors of modern day cinema but with Ridley Scott’s new film Napoleon looking like a possible oscar contender the director was stunned when, with only two weeks to go before shooting, the actor told him, ‘I Don’t Know What to Do’!

Scott’s reaction was, “He’ll come in, and you’re f**king two weeks’ out, and he’ll say, ‘I don’t know what to do,’” Scott said about Phoenix. “I’ll say, ‘What?!’ ‘I don’t know what to do.’ Oh God. I said, ‘Come in, sit down.’ We sat for 10 days, all day, talking scene by scene. In a sense, we rehearsed. Absolutely detail by detail.”

“Joaquin is about as far from conventional as you can get,” Scott said. “Not deliberately, but out of intuition. That’s what makes him tick. If something bothers him, he’ll let you know. He made [‘Napoleon’] special by constantly questioning. With Joaquin, we can rewrite the goddamn film because he’s uncomfortable. And that kind of happened with ‘Napoleon,’” the director continued. “We unpicked the film to help him focus on who Bonaparte was. I had to respect that, because what was being said was incredibly constructive. It made it all grow bigger and better.

It been decades since the two last worked together of Gladiator and Phoenix sent on to say: “The truth is, there was just a very nostalgic idea of working with Ridley again,” Phoenix said. “I had such an incredible experience working with Ridley on ‘Gladiator,’ and I was so young. It was my first big production. I really yearned for that experience again, or something similar. He’s approached me about other things in the past, but nothing that felt like it would be as demanding for both of us. And so I really liked the idea of jumping into something with Ridley that was going to be that.

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source: variety


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