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[on Joaquin Phoenix
] The boundary between real life and acting is hard to find. Working with him day to day you really feel for him, because he's either hitting it out of the park or struggling to find the ball. Another actor can be having a bad day, but he can reach into his bag of tricks and fake his way through. Joaq can never fake his way through.
His CalArts student film "Barn" was about a barn that was alive and swallowed a boy.
Strong lead female characters