Just one month ago, in an interview with Interview Magazine, Joaquin Phoenix let the world know that he had no interest in the “stupidest thing in the whole world,” terrible-tasting carrot that is the Oscars. “I don’t even care about the very expensive award show that wants to celebrate me for my play-pretend job that has made me rich and famous and also possibly crazy,” he said, more or less. A very sad story, indeed, and also an understandable one because the Oscars are the worst. But now it looks like the Master actor is singing a different tune! Wha-wha-whaaat? From The Sydney Morning Herald:

What about speculation the comments will cost him another Oscar nomination?

”I didn’t even know that I was in a position to do something that would cost me something,” he says before getting serious. ”But I know that first of all, I wouldn’t have the career that I have if it weren’t for the Oscars. I haven’t been in a lot of movies that have made a lot of money … And getting nominated for a movie has probably helped my career tremendously. But in some ways it’s the antithesis of what you want to be as an actor. You’re always trying to free yourself of the artifice, which is really difficult. Especially when you suck, like me.”

So would Phoenix go if nominated for The Master next year?

”Come on man, you know that it’s more complex than that,” he says good-naturedly. ”It’s not like I f—ing hate the Oscars … It doesn’t occupy my time to where I can build up hate.

Oh yeah? You don’t hate the “stupidest thing in the whole world,” Joaquin Phoenix?! If the man who has pinpointed the stupidest thing in the whole world does not hate the stupidest thing in the whole world is he then the stupidest thing in the whole world? An incredibly good question the greatest minds will be whatevering for years to whatever. Congratulations to Joaquin Phoenix and The Master on Joaquin Phoenix’s current willingness to accept an Oscar nomination and attend the celebration. Everyone is very happy for everyone involved. (Via ThePlaylist.)

Comments (32)
  1. And just like that, my world is precisely exactly the same as it was 30 seconds before I read this story.

    Joaquin Phoenix has once again astounded me by his ability to fail to affect me or my life in any recognizable way. He’s still got it!

  2. To be fair to him, it is possible to think that something may be the stupidest thing in the whole world, but kind of love it at the same time. (Courtney Stodden. I am talking about Courney Stodden).

  3. I for one am not suprised, mostly because I believe that to prepare for the role he actualyl drank paint thinner and whatever other liquids were laying around, so obviously he’s a little addled.

  4. You guys, I’m pretty sure Joaquin Phoenix is The Riddler.

  5. You guys, let’s not forget that, despite all of our laughing at celebrities for their inconsequential problems, Joaquin Phoenix was raised in a cult by parents who gave nature-themed names to every one of their children except for this one of their children, who had to start calling himself Leaf (LEAF!) just to feel like he belonged in the family, then his parents left the cult and basically made him and his brothers and sisters perform on the street for money, and then eventually he found his brother OD’ing and called 911, the recording of which was played repeatedly on a national level. So maybe let’s cut him a little slack in the crazy department.

    Plus Buffalo Soldiers and Walk The Line were pretty good.

  6. I hope he pulls some of this shit:

  7. “It doesn’t occupy my time to where I can build up hate” is a pretty bad diss. It’s like Don Draper telling Ginsberg, “I don’t think about you at all.”

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