What Joaquin really wants to do is to act

Oct. 10, 2007 at 3:50 PM
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NEW YORK, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Unlike many other Hollywood actors, Joaquin Phoenix insists he harbors no desire to direct.

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."

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