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Jun 13, 2011, 06:13AM

Bearding Out

A 2009 Newsweek interview with actor Joaquin Phoenix vs. a 2007 A.V. Club interview with comedian/actor Zach Galifianakis.

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Joaquin Phoenix: Mostly wildlife.

Zach Galifianakis: So the possum is somewhat of a metaphor.

Phoenix: I don’t do press.

Galifianakis: I try to write three jokes every day.

Phoenix: There's some sexy songs, some club songs. But I don't know. I'm not the kind of writer that makes the decision, and says, "This is going to be about Egypt."

Galifianakis: It'll be either that or an all-black nudist colony.

Phoenix: You're outside something.

Galifianakis: I never really realized that I was a producer of it until later, but by then, it was too late.

Phoenix: We've had a couple blowups.

Galifianakis: No, no, no, no.

Phoenix: It's been a slow-going dissatisfaction with the process for me.

Galifianakis: Sometimes it felt a little dirty.

Phoenix: Most recently, I read a script and all I thought about was makeup and hair people touching me and having to do press and fucking whatever shit.

Galifianakis: I play a hunter who's an alcoholic.

Phoenix: We weren't wearing camouflage.

Galifianakis: “Don't make fun of Cher, don't make fun of Sheryl Crow.”

Phoenix: I don't want to be sensitive about it.

Galifianakis: It's this horrible snowboarding movie that I'm in.

Phoenix: I went to the premiere, but I didn't stay.

Galifianakis: Happens a lot.

Phoenix: You couldn't see shit and it was out of focus and stuff.

Galifianakis: He asked me what I was doing the following week, and I told him that I had plans to go to Arby's, and he laughed at that.

Phoenix: I live in the hills, and there are a lot of coyotes and stuff.

Galifianakis: He laughs at them, but he doesn't understand them.

Phoenix: But I'm actually, this sounds horrible, I'm thinking it might be a double record.

Galifianakis: I have no idea what I'm doing at all, but it's just fun.

Phoenix: Nothing serious.


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