Joaquin Phoenix rises to occasion in 'Inherent Vice'

January 7, 2015 1:51 PM

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He's talking about the thought process he uses when it comes to selecting scripts. With "Her" he challenged the modern concepts of relationships, while in "The Master" he pushed for more discussion when it comes to faith. Even a film as mainstream as "Walk the Line" deconstructed the accepted thinking about fame.

It's as if a project doesn't appeal to Phoenix unless it's going to command the audience to crawl inside the character's mind with him and fumble around with notions like right vs. wrong and art vs. substance.

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