Respected Actor Slams Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix

( – At a recent gathering in London known as HistFest, Brian Cox, a seasoned and highly respected actor with a background in Shakespeare, offered a harsh critique of Joaquin Phoenix’s role in Ridley Scott’s film “Napoleon.”

According to a report by The Standard, Cox discussed a variety of topics, including his views on theater criticism and political matters, but notably paused to express his profound dissatisfaction with “Napoleon,” directing particular scorn towards Phoenix’s portrayal, The Daily Caller reports.

“A truly terrible performance by Joaquin Phoenix,” Cox was quoted as saying.

“It really is appalling. I don’t know what he was thinking. I think it’s totally his fault and I don’t think Ridley Scott helps him,” he added.

Cox, whose career has been marked by his willingness to openly share his opinions, did not hold back in his assessment of Phoenix’s acting, implying that it detracted significantly from the film.

The actor, recognized for his roles in “Succession,” among other films, elaborated on his view of the movie, summarizing his opinion succinctly, “It’s terrible.”

He then returned to critique Phoenix’s performance specifically, suggesting he himself would have delivered a more compelling portrayal.

“I would have played it a lot better than Joaquin Phoenix, I tell you that,” Cox declared.

“You can say it’s good drama. No – it’s lies,” he added, signaling his complete rejection of any defense of the film’s artistic merit based on its dramatic qualities.

Beyond critiquing Phoenix’s performance, Cox also made a personal jab at his colleague’s name, insinuating that the uniqueness of Phoenix’s name paralleled the eccentricity of his performance.

“I think he’s well named. Joaquin…wackeen…wacky. It’s a sort of wacky performance,” he said.

Brian Cox, whose filmography includes notable works like “Manhunter,” “Braveheart,” “Rushmore,” and “The Bourne Identity,” has thus made his disdain for Phoenix’s interpretation in “Napoleon” abundantly clear.

As of this report, Joaquin Phoenix has not publicly responded to Cox’s comments.

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