Isn’t Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson passionate?
Joaquin Phoenix was the leading candidate to embody Doctor Strange on the big screen. For months there were rumors–and lots of Marvel-savvy people expected an announcement at San Diego Comic-Con last summer. But with Benedict Cumberbatch now confirmed as Doctor Strange, what happened to Phoenix?
Playboy interviewed Phoenix and asked him about it. Why not be Strange? It seems perfect for you. “I’ve met on all sorts of movies throughout the years,” Phoenix replied. “What seems appealing about some of them is the idea of pushing myself in a way that’s out of my comfort zone. But really, it’s what I’m always looking for – good characters, big ideas and a passionate filmmaker. If those things line up with any kind of movie, I have interest in it.” So is Phoenix saying Doctor Strange doesn’t have big ideas, good characters? Isn’t Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson passionate?