“There’s no good version of this,” the Oscar winner said of inviting close friends to his movies. “I just feel so weird.”
Joaquin Phoenix may still be here, but he doesn’t want his friends in the audience.
The “I’m Still Here” and “Joker” Oscar winner revealed why he feels uncomfortable inviting close friends to his movies, admitting that he doesn’t like to “interact” with pals who have seen his movies.
“I had a friend who saw the movie and they texted me, ‘I had a great time.’ I don’t know what it is,” Phoenix said during The A24 podcast alongside “Beau Is Afraid” writer-director Ari Aster.
Phoenix continued, “I prefer that people I know don’t see anything I’m in, just because I don’t want to go through this process. This is the worst thing about going to a screening. After that, people come and have to say something. It’s always uncomfortable.”
The “Her” star added that it’s a matter of taste.
“When someone compliments something, my impulse is to say, ‘Name five other shows that you thought were really good or movies,'” she said. “It’s probably best not to communicate with your friends when they’ve seen a movie you’ve made. That’s my opinion. I had 10 tickets last night to invite people.”
Phoenix confirmed that he “of course” didn’t invite anyone to the premiere. “Nobody.”
“It’s also like, ‘Do you want to come and see this?’ I just feel so weird,” she admitted. “Are you coming to see the movie?” No. There is no good version of this. Whatever the case, don’t invite them.”
Phoenix closed his inner circle with a warning, “Please don’t tell me about it if you watch it.”
The actor said earlier GQ UK In 2020, he prefers not to watch himself on the screen. During the A24 podcast, he explained that he hopes that writer-director Aster will be “happy” with the end result, and that his own opinion is irrelevant.
“I want to feel like everybody gets that stuff when we’re working, and then you want it to be pretty well received when you get another job. But beyond that, no one can say that nothing ever matches experience,” he concluded. “They watched this three-hour film and it was four months for us. For you, much longer. And every conversation feels, I don’t know, anticlimactic.
Aster agreed, adding, “I see people who say they don’t like something I’ve done, I’m obsessed with them, and the next thing I do is try to please them.”
Aster and Phoenix have confirmed that they are working together again on an upcoming Western noir film.
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