Joaquin Rafael Phoenix

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Joaquin Rafael Phoenix

Joaquin Rafael Phoenix

Something's crawling out of my scalp.More Joaquin Rafael Phoenix [05/19/2006 12:05:00]
My significant other right now is myself, which is what happens when you suffer from multiple personality disorder and self-obsession.More Joaquin Rafael Phoenix [05/19/2006 12:05:00]
That's the duality of Johnny: he was very, very family-oriented, and yet he was also a s---kicker.More Joaquin Rafael Phoenix [05/19/2006 12:05:00]
I went to have dinner at their house before I even heard about the movie. We were in their living room and John just started strumming. He said he was waiting for June before he could get his nerve up. And I thought, 'Wow, this is Johnny Cash waiting to get his nerve up. This guy has played prisons and he's nervous.' Then June came in and they started singing On the Banks of the River Jordan and they're looking into each other's eyes, and the connection and love they had was palpable.More Joaquin Rafael Phoenix [05/19/2006 12:05:00]
The expectation is this low, gravelly voice for John, but I went through his early recordings and there were songs in there where the voice was so different, I wasn't even sure if it was him singing, ... So it was interesting to me that we would see him develop the Man in Black sound. I thought it was really important that his voice change as his persona slowly solidified. The music was really the doorway into the character.More Joaquin Rafael Phoenix [05/19/2006 12:05:00]
I don't know if you've noticed but I've messed up like 40 times. I'm all over the place.More Joaquin Rafael Phoenix [05/19/2006 12:05:00]
Getting lost like that is my drive.More Joaquin Rafael Phoenix [05/19/2006 12:05:00]
No, but I feel it. I'm not worried about the looks. I'm worried about the sensation of my brain being eaten. ... What did you ask me?More Joaquin Rafael Phoenix [05/19/2006 12:05:00]
They will watch the evening news, see the bloodshed, and will go back to dinnerMore Joaquin Rafael Phoenix [05/19/2006 12:05:00]
You know, the press has kind of imposed upon me the title of Mourning Brother, and because I haven't been vocal about it, the assumption is that I'm holding onto this (stuff) that's just not there.More Joaquin Rafael Phoenix [05/19/2006 12:05:00]
I don't know how it turned out, ... No, of course I care. I hope we captured the story authentically. But what keeps me acting is not the end result but the process. And I was very satisfied with the process.More Joaquin Rafael Phoenix [05/19/2006 12:05:00]
He was strumming the guitar but he wouldn't sing, ... And he said, 'I'm waiting for June to get my nerve up.' I thought, 'How is Johnny Cash waiting for anybody to get his nerve up?' But he really needed her. ... They both were incomplete in some ways and when they were brought together, they felt completed.More Joaquin Rafael Phoenix [05/19/2006 12:05:00]
I'm kind of cynical about married people or couples singing together. I've seen it manipulated too many times, ... But it was truly magical when they did it. They just looked into each other's eyes and he'd soften.More Joaquin Rafael Phoenix [05/19/2006 12:05:00]
The hope, ... was that we could sing.More Joaquin Rafael Phoenix [05/19/2006 12:05:00]
[Long after shooting finished,] I remember my girlfriend saying, 'Why are you ...? Stop talking like that!' ... I was like, 'Like what?'More Joaquin Rafael Phoenix [05/19/2006 12:05:00]
I didn't know much about him, and I wasn't a big country music fan. I listened to the Beatles and David Bowie, so I didn't know a lot about him.More Joaquin Rafael Phoenix [05/19/2006 12:05:00]
This is the best thing I ever didMore Joaquin Rafael Phoenix [05/19/2006 12:05:00]
He was an amazing man. He really ended up being the voice of the voiceless, the people that many would just as soon forget about or pretend they don't exist. John spoke up for them. He spoke from the heart with sheer honesty. He seemed to have no regrets, and that's unique, especially nowadays with celebrities, when everyone's so concerned about their image and saying the right thing to maintain their following. John said what he felt regardless of whether it was popular or not.More Joaquin Rafael Phoenix [05/19/2006 12:05:00]
James told me, ... If people want to hear Johnny Cash, they can go get the record. There was such soul to his music, it seems he was compelled to tell a story. John had something to say that really came from the heart.More Joaquin Rafael Phoenix [05/19/2006 12:05:00]
What was nice for me was not knowing anything about music and not being a singer or player and kind of discovering what that was like instead of having a set way of doing things.More Joaquin Rafael Phoenix [05/19/2006 12:05:00]
That song, every verse changes keys. ... I Walk the Line.More Joaquin Rafael Phoenix [05/19/2006 12:05:00]
That to me was really, certainly, the gateway into discovering John, ... I feel I found the speaking voice through the singing voice.More Joaquin Rafael Phoenix [05/19/2006 12:05:00]
If it was a fictional character where it was a made-up voice, it might have been harder. But I had a specific voice to go after, so I had to work specific muscles and really work at hitting certain notes. It was nice to have a recognizable voice as a goal.More Joaquin Rafael Phoenix [05/19/2006 12:05:00]
There's really nothing I can do about that. My work is to just make the film and try to make it as true as possible.More Joaquin Rafael Phoenix [05/19/2006 12:05:00]
It's a little premature to be doing an interview, considering we probably won't make the day['s scheduled shots]More Joaquin Rafael Phoenix [05/19/2006 12:05:00]

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