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Joaquin Phoenix Annoyed ‘Beau Is Afraid’ Director by Fainting on Set

  • Joaquin Phoenix collapsed on “Beau is Afraid” whereas Patti LuPone was filming a “very intense” scene.
  • Director Ari Aster stated he was “actually pissed ‘trigger it was a extremely good take,” per Deadline.
  • However, he praised the actor, saying: “It’s very poetic that he collapsed in any person else’s shot.”

Joaquin Phoenix is understood for throwing himself utterly into his film roles and has delivered phenomenal performances in every part from “Gladiator” and “The Master” to his Oscar-winning flip in “Joker.”

And it feels like his upcoming position in horror-comedy “Beau is Afraid” isn’t any completely different, as director Ari Aster revealed whereas shocking audiences on the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in New York with the first public screening of the film on Saturday.

After the screening, Aster and Phoenix appeared on stage for a Q&A moderated by Emma Stone, throughout which the director stated that within the final week of manufacturing, Phoenix handed out as a result of bodily exhaustion.

“There was a scene that was very intense for Patti and it was a shot that was on Patti, it was not on him and abruptly he fell out of body,” Aster recalled, per Deadline.

“I used to be actually pissed ‘trigger it was a extremely good take,” he continued, including that he was initially confused as to why Phoenix had ruined the scene till he realized that the 48-year-old actor had handed out.

Joaquin Phoenix and director Ari Aster on the set of "Beau is Afraid."

Joaquin Phoenix and director Ari Aster on the set of “Beau is Afraid.”


Aster stated he “knew it was dangerous” as a result of Phoenix “was letting folks contact him and folks have been tending to him and he was permitting it,” however downplayed the seriousness of the incident.

The director stated that “the purpose” of telling the story to the viewers was that Phoenix had been so absolutely emotionally dedicated to the movie “that he fainted in any person else’s take.”

The “Hereditary” filmmaker defined: “He wasn’t on digicam and he was serving to them, he was in it for them to the purpose the place he collapsed.”

“It’s very poetic that he collapsed in any person else’s shot,” Aster added.

The movie, which marks Aster’s third collaboration with buzzy studio A24, is ready to be launched in theaters throughout the US on April 21. 

As properly as Phoenix and LuPone, “Beau is Afraid” — which has a running time of 179 minutes — additionally stars Nathan Lane, Amy Ryan, Kylie Rogers, Denise Ménochet, Parker Posey, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Richard Kind, Hayley Squires, and Michael Gandolfini.

In first reactions from those that attended the occasion, many praised Phoenix’s efficiency because the titular Beau, who, per the movie’s synopsis, is “a mild-mannered however anxiety-ridden man” who “embarks on an epic, Kafkaesque odyssey again dwelling.”

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