Remember that time Joaquin Phoenix grew a bushy beard and became a rapper and no one knew whether it was real or fake? Yeah, I've tried to forget that too. That's nothing compared to the weird but brilliant actor's latest stunt -- he called the Academy Awards "total, utter bullsh*t." Oh, Joaquin, you ninny, you've really done it this time.
The actor, who is creating Oscar buzz with his new role as a WWII war vet with PTSD in The Master, and who was nominated for an Oscar for his role as Johnny Cash in Walk the Line, pulled no punches when he yammered on about the horror of the awards in Interview magazine:
I’m just saying that I think it's bulls---. I think it's total, utter bulls----, 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.
Hm, not too many people would find the weeks running up to the Oscars, when actors are wined, dined, dressed, bejeweled, praised to the hilt, and given all kinds of freebies to be the "worst-tasting carrot" of their lives -- HOWEVER. Joaquin has a point. The Oscars are completely subjective and full of bullsh*t. It just wasn't very polite of him to say so.
Most stars gush about the Oscars because a) they truly do want to win one, b) because even if they don't, they don't want to blow the chances of others in their film being recognized. Joaquin's tortured artist whining might have just affected everyone involved with The Master. Like it or not, the Oscars are still a good opportunity for a film to be seen by a lot more people.
Joaquin seems pretty bitter about his Oscar experience and I guess I can't blame him. He gave probably the best performance of his life in Walk the Line. But he lost out that year to Philip Seymour Hoffman in Truman. He was also up against Heath Ledger. Tough competition!
But The Master, which is based on the founding of Tom Cruise's fav religion, Scientology, looks pretty interesting. Check it out.
Do you think Joaquin is right about the Oscars? Do you watch them?
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