If anything, I guess I used to take things too seriously. I’ve learned that even among the chaos and discomfort you need to have the freedom to stand back and laugh. You can’t take it too seriously, yet it’s a serious business.
River Phoenix (phoenix rising - Movie, Nov/Dec 1992)
Phoenix won’t accept every potential block-buster role that comes his way, even when big money is in the offing. Frantic efforts were made in Hollywood to lure him into starring opposite the volatile Sean Young in A Kiss Before Dying, but to no avail.
“I just didn’t have the cool in me to do that role. They came back several times to get me to do it. They kept coming back, I kept saying ‘no’ and they kept going up with the money. The thing is I just didn’t believe in the character. When you have the fear that you have to jump into roles or you’ll lose, then it’s a problem. You have to resist that shit.”
Also, from that same Joan Scott article in 1992, there’s this:
“"Political correctness" is the label that has been attached to any program
or position that attacks or calls into question the status quo. Coined by the left
as an internal criticism of moralizing dogmatisms, the term has been seized by
the right and used to disqualify all critical efforts. It seems to be working so
well as a form of intimidation that it has become a theme in the Bush presidential
campaign for 1992. Demands for change in the name of tolerance, fairness,
and justice are, under the “p.c.” label, described as dangerous orthodoxies,
attempts to impose thought control on otherwise benign individuals. In the
name of defending the individual’s right to think and act as he pleases, the
conservative ideologists protect existing structures and practices from all critical scrutiny and even moderate attempts to reform.”