Joaquin Phoenix’s most frequent collaborations have come with director James Gray (The Immigrant, Two Lovers, The Yards, We Own The Night) and Inherent Vice marks his second cinematic experience with filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson (their first was the 2012 drama The Master).
During the interviews for Inherent Vice, Joaquin Phoenix talked about why he loves collaborating with Paul Thomas Anderson:
“He’s really inclusive and warm and thoughtful – He’s one of those people that makes you feel you’re important and you have value – even if you don’t. He deserves all the credit.”
Phoenix also added that Anderson’s approach to a scene isn’t based on rigid story structure, but instead the auteur enjoys exploring the creative avenues that each moment of film provides. Click on the media bar below to hear Phoenix’s full answer:
Co-starring Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, and Katherine Waterston, Inherent Vice opens in limited release December 12 and nationwide January 9, 2015.
Opening December 5, Wild stars Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line) as Cheryl Strayed, a woman who hikes over a thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail on a journey of self-discovery. Laura Dern co-stars on as Cheryl’s mother Bobbi.
The picture, based on Cheryl Strayed’s bestselling memoir, is directed by Dallas Buyers Club filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallee. This should be the second year of awards consideration for Vallee, as Wild is getting tons of Oscar buzz, especially for Witherspoon’s performance.
Still, Wild isn’t just about a virtuoso performance from Witherspoon, as the actress talks about the joys of collaborating with her fellow filmmakers:
“That’s the thing about making a film. It’s not about one artist and what they want to accomplish. It’s a collaborative medium. We are only as good and connected as we feel to the central idea of what we’re trying to accomplish.
But (it’s) also what we bring to the table as our life experiences. It’s what enhances your work and it’s what connects you to the people you’re working with. So I think it’s hard when you don’t connect with people, which I’ve had that experience before and it’s really hard.”
Click on the media bar below to hear the audio version of Witherspoon’s answer:
Opening October 3, The Good Lie centers on four Sudanese refugees (Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Kuoth Wiel, Emmanuel Jal) who are trying to adapt to life in America. Aiding them in the process is a tough talking, no nonsense employment agency counselor (Reese Witherspoon).
The picture is directed by Philippe Falardeau, a filmmaker who crafted the resonant 2011 drama Monsieur Lazhar. Starring in The Good Lie proved to be a blessing for Witherspoon, who admitted at a recent press conference that the film came at the right time in her career:
“For a few years, I was a little bit lost as an artist – not being able to find what I wanted to do. Making choices that I ultimately wasn’t very happy with. What kind of started this whole string of things that I was doing personally was just getting back to wanting to play interesting, dynamic female characters and when I read Margaret Nagle’s script (for The Good Lie) I was just so moved.”
To hear Reese Witherspoon elaborate on her answer and talk about The Good Lie, please click on the audio clip below: