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Joaquin Phoenix Says ‘Iron Man’ Was “Fantastic,” Sidesteps ‘Doctor Strange’ Rumors

Joaquin Phoenix Says 'Iron Man' Was "Fantastic," Sidesteps 'Doctor Strange' Rumors

Joaquin Phoenix isn’t the easiest the person to interview. Generally, he not’s a fan of talking to the press, and when he does, it can be difficult to pry answers out of him. But credit to Playboy for not just securing a chat with the actor, who stars in the upcoming “Inherent Vice,” but for asking him some direct questions about some tough topics (the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman for example). One of them being the rumors that flew around for a good portion of the year that the actor was going to take the lead role in Marvel‘s “Doctor Strange.”

“I can’t talk about it,” the actor told the lad mag. “I’ve met on all sorts of movies throughout the years. What seems appealing about some of them is the idea of pushing myself in a way that’s out of my comfort zone. But really, it’s what I’m always looking for—good characters, big ideas and a passionate filmmaker. If those things line up with any kind of movie, I have interest in it.”

That’s not Phoenix’s way of saying he’s not into blockbusters, in fact, he notes one particular Marvel movie as being a standout, and seems agreeable to them at least in theory. That said, he doesn’t seem to torn up about missing out on ‘Strange.’

“There’s only one movie I regret saying no to—except the person who ended up doing it was so good and was absolutely meant to do it, so I don’t have any regrets,” Phoenix said, cryptically. “I’m not going to say which one, but it was a really big hit. It’s getting to the point where they’re making some pretty decent movies. I thought ‘Iron Man’ was fantastic.”

So there you go, but any guesses on that one movie he regrets (but doesn’t)? Tell us below.

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