Known for Indie hits, Midsommar director Ari Aster is now working with one of the most loved actors of his generation. The Joaquin Phoenix starrer ‘Beau Is Afraid’ is among the most anticipated Independent films this summer.
In a new interview with The New York Times, Aster and Phoenix had nothing but praise for each other.
“Joaquin is ruthlessly investigative,” Aster said. “If something feels false or not right, he won’t be able to do it. It’s not even about him refusing to do something — his body will stop him.”
Phoenix backed Aster’s comments, explaining that an immediate authenticity between them prompted both to do better work.
“I knew that I could never, ever just ‘act’ in front of Ari — it’s something that I find repulsive and difficult to do,” Phoenix said. “You couldn’t do that with Ari. He would sense it immediately. It’s nice to know that you are working with somebody like that.”
Aster admitted to the New York Times that his next project after Beau Is Afraid will “almost certainly” be a Western.
“Sometimes it’s as simple as: I could be around you for four months because I like the way you talk about these characters,” Phoenix said. “And I can see that you have a willingness to push yourself, and to be pushed and to push back, and that’s exciting to me.”
“Beau Is Afraid” opens in select theaters on April 14 before expanding nationally on April 21.