Joaquin Phoenix has always been an actor who plays to the beat of his own drum, carefully deciding on which roles fit him and what he's looking for in his career. This is despite starring in some of the biggest blockbusters to date including Gladiator, Walk the Line, I'm Still Here, and most recently, Joker.
But for Phoenix, it's not about being a star in a hugely successful Hollywood film. It simply comes down to whether that's what he feels like is right at the right moment. In fact, the actor almost has a predilection for indie films, as he's been taking roles in them for years over some of the bigger opportunities, including for Marvel.