Phoenix, who will be seen later this month in the big-screen drama, "Reservation Road," recently helmed several music videos.
Asked if he has been bitten by the directing bug, Phoenix told reporters: "Not at all. ... I think it is a treacherously difficult job. I want nothing to do with it. I lack the patience and diplomacy, talent and intellect to be a director. I wouldn't want to do it."
Although Phoenix said he learns a lot from his directors, he said he couldn't pinpoint what he took away from working with celebrated filmmaker Terry George on "Reservation Road" and "Hotel Rwanda."
"(A director's) not really a professor. It's a co-collaborator. It's somebody that you work with and you talk (B.S.) with and you make mistakes together, but I don't think that it's like somebody that's teaching another person. You probably learn things every movie. Of course, I know my experiences have changed, but I couldn't say specifically what those things are."