Joaquin Phoenix is a two-time Oscar nominee. Based on his comments in a recent interview, he’d just as soon not become a three-time nominee.
Speaking with Interview magazine about his performance in “The Master” — which has earned him tons of critical praise — Phoenix is not shy about offering up his thoughts on the Hollywood awards circuit.
“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.”
Phoenix says the Oscar campaign for his movie “Walk the Line” — he was nominated for best actor for the Johnny Cash biopic — “was one of the most uncomfortable periods of my life.”
“I never want to have that experience again,” he says. “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 full interview is online at Interview.