Joaquin Phoenix's accidental acting

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Maximus is a powerful Roman general, loved by the people and the aging Emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Before his death, the Emperor chooses Maximus to be his heir over his own son, Commodus, and a power struggle leaves Maximus and his family condemned to death. The powerful general is unable to save his family, and his loss of will allows him to get captured and put into the Gladiator games until he dies. The only desire that fuels him now is the chance to rise to the top so that he will be able to look into the eyes of the man who will feel his revenge.
November 4th, 2012

Joaquin Phoenix admits a ''big part'' of his on screen skills comes about ''by accident''.

The 'Master' star has been nominated for two Oscars - as Best Supporting Actor for his role in 'Gladiator' and 'Best Actor' in 'Walk the Line' - but says whether the characters he plays become powerful screen figures is beyond his control.

He said: ''Do a lot of people come in and take credit for what they do? Does anybody acknowledge that a big part of what they do is just an accident? At least it is for me. I'll speak for myself. I don't think I've ever said that I want to play this type of character and then I've searched out and found it. It's just f***ing lucky, either you get lucky or you don't.''

The 38-year-old actor said the only exception during his career has been the film 'I'm Still Here' in which he pretended to give up acting in real life for a hip-hop career and was followed around by director Casey Affleck in a documentary style.

He explained to the Independent newspaper: ''That might be the one exception. I just wanted to try a different way of working, I wanted to work with my friends and I wanted to work without the whole machine.''