Joaquin Phoenix has been nominated twice for an Academy Award, but he seldom receives the plaudits that other celebrities are accustomed to (although, his upcoming film The Master could potentially be the one that snags him some big awards). That's because he has often taken his career in a strange-- and sometimes awkward-- direction.
In fact, Phoenix spent months - if not years - trying to convince people that he was an aspiring rapper for the faux documentary I'm Still Here. Many can argue about how strange the actor actually is, but with his unique look and thoughtful delivery of lines, it's easy to understand why he remains popular. If Sonnenfeld really wanted to get an audience intrigued by a casting selection, it would have been a great call to cast the Walk the Line star as an alien among us.