Joaquin Phoenix is pretty aggressively denying reports that his performance as Johnny Cash in the biopic, Walk the Line, was in any way fueled or inspired by the death of his brother River. There's a scene in Line in which Phoenix, as Cash, bangs his head on a bedpost in grief over the death of Cash's older brother, but Phoenix insists that the idea that he'd draw on his own experience in order to make it through the performance is not only erroneous, it "kind of makes [him] sick." He tells Newsweek: "You know, the press has kind of imposed upon me the title of Mourning Brother, and because I haven't been vocal about it, the assumption is that I'm holding onto this (stuff) that's just not there." Phoenix goes on to complain that the very suggestion he would get even the teeniest bit Methody belies "the work and research" he did in preparing for the part.

This is all very Laurence Oliver/Dustin Hoffman, "My dear boy, why don't you try acting." What do you think? Does the movie star doth protest too much?
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