Actor Joaquin Phoenix spent his weekend making surprise appearances at Hollywood screenings of his new movie You Were Never Really Here.
Joaquin Phoenix and the film’s producer, Jim Wilson, spent all day Saturday (07Apr18) greeting audiences either before or after each of the 14 showings at the Arclight Hollywood theatre.
According to Deadline.com, the pair also had a little fun with crowds, disguising themselves as ushers for one screening, as they asked people to turn off their cell phones and enjoy the movie.
“It’s a way to engage with audiences who are seeing the movie,” Phoenix told the outlet. “Usually you do press and do a talk show or something and then that’s it. It’s nice that people are coming out… I just wanted to support people in coming out and seeing films like this… I never had that experience before, and it’s been really fun actually. It’s a special movie and Lynne worked so hard. I’m just saying thanks to people coming to see the film,” he added.
Phoenix’s presence gave You Were Never Really Here a big boost – the film, distributed by officials at Amazon, had a limited release in New York and Los Angeles this weekend, but it proved to be a popular choice, grossing just under $130,000 (£92,275) from just three theatres. (Source: film-news.co.uk)
I made my first trip to the Arclight Cinemas Hollywood today to see YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE, starring Joaquin Phoenix. Much to my joy I realized I was sitting behind Daniel Lupi and Joanne Sellar, the producers of my favorite film, MAGNOLIA. Then a couple of minutes before the movie began Joaquin Phoenix walked in the auditorium to say hi to everyone and thanked us for catching the matinee. I get the feeling my passion for film is going to fit perfectly in this town. @arclightcinemas #arclightcinemashollywood #joaquinphoenix #youwereneverreallyhere