Comeback Kid: Joaquin Phoenix in 'The Master'
Following his self-imposed retirement from acting and brief flirtation as a rapper in the poorly received, faux documentary I'm Still Here, Joaquin Phoenix is poised for a major comeback in director Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master.
Watch a scene from this incredibly compelling film, set to another riveting soundtrack by Radiohead's Johnny Greenwood (who collaborated previously with P.T. Anderson on There Will Be Blood), in which Phoenix's character can't quite remember having an "episode on the way home" that may or may not have serious consequences...
Squint a bit, and you can almost see a bit of Sean Connery, circa Dr. No, in Joaquin's angular face.
Set in the '50s, Joaquin stars as a World War II vet and drifter who becomes the right-hand man to a charismatic intellectual known as "The Master" (Philip Seymour Hoffman) who has gone on from the war to launch his own religion.
Amy Adams, Laura Dern, Jesse Plemons and David Warshovsky also star in the film, scheduled for an October release.