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Dishonesty is so ugly on film. You just act, and it’s so ugly, and I don’t want to do that. I mean, everything that they teach you when you’re a kid about acting is completely fucking wrong. They tell you to memorize your lines, follow your light, and hit your marks. Those are the three things that you shouldn’t do. You should not learn your lines, you should not hit your mark, and you should never follow your light. Find your light—that’s my opinion. Everyone else will tell me I’m wrong, but that’s my opinion.

Joaquin Phoenix

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“I’m still… it’s very difficult to talk about it because when you lose something, someone, it’s such a great loss, you try and hold onto anything that you have, and memories that you have, and what was so difficult and what scarred me for a long time was when those memories were robbed from me. When you lose someone, you need to go through a really long period to try and understand what’s happened and to feel that loss in your own way. It’s more difficult if it’s a public death because it’s going to take you that much longer to try and understand what’s happened. So I dont think I can really share it with you.”
- Joaquin Phoenix on River Phoenix’ passing.