Joaquin Phoenix Explains Why He Left ‘Doctor Strange’
Joaquin Phoenix tells everyone why he gave up the role of Doctor Strange.
It wasn’t too long ago that Joaquin Phoenix was offered the role of Doctor Strange. While fans were excited to have Phoenix in the role, he shocked everyone when he dropped out of the film.
While speculation stirred about Joaquin Phoenix being unstable, it turns out it was more about artistic integrity.
“When I was younger I was probably a bit of a snob about [taking on blockbuster roles]. But they’ve gotten better. I’ve flirted with several of those films, having meetings and getting close, but ultimately it never felt like they’d really be fulfilling. There were too many requirements that went against my instincts for character. I’ve been spoiled. I’ve never had to make those compromises. I’ve not met a director yet with one of those films where we go through the script, they say: ‘You know what, fuck this set-piece, let’s focus on the character!’ I understand, but it’s best I don’t do it.”
Many cinephiles love Joaquin Phoenix based on his accolades as an actor. He takes on many obscure but creative roles and that’s what people love about him. When he was offered the role of Doctor Strange, it seemed that the “strange” would be fitting but Phoenix obviously disagreed.
Phoenix’s statements prove that he is an actor that is not just about the paycheck. Although he has given the “blockbuster” film a chance, it turns out that the MCU isn’t dynamic enough for his tastes. Joaquin Phoenix has never been one for the spotlight and involvement in the Marvel Cinematic Universe would be just that.
The role of Doctor Strange has since been given to Benedict Cumberbatch. “Doctor Strange” is currently set for release on November 4, 2016.
Do you think Benedict Cumberbatch was a better pick? Was Joaquin Phoenix justified in leaving?
This was first reported by SlashFilm