Why is Joaquin Phoenix terrified of fans?

PTI| Updated: Jan 02, 2014, 16:27 PM IST

London: Actor Joaquin Phoenix says unlike other Hollywood superstars, who are accustomed to the lack of privacy arising due to stardom, he feels petrified when fans approach him for autographs and pictures.

The 39-year-old, who is famous for his role in 2000 blockbuster `Gladiator`, said he tries his best to shun the cameras, reported Contactmusic.

"Celebrity is so not part of my life. If I`m walking around and somebody comes up with a camera, it terrifies me," Phoenix said.
"I can imagine that if you are Johnny Depp, for years you`ve had such a level of fame that you are somewhat accustomed to it and you expect it when you go out," he added.

Phoenix tries his best to avoid the Hollywood lifestyle, and admits he feels scared and "overwhelmed" when he has to deal with the public.

"I`ve managed to avoid it to the extent where I sometimes get trapped in situations that I don`t know how to deal with. I feel overwhelmed. But I`d rather be overwhelmed in these moments and enjoy my life privately. I`ve been able to have the life I want," he said.

Phoenix is convinced he has managed to lead a more "normal" life compared to his fellow stars.

"Compared to other people in the business I do live a normal life. I can`t get off set and away from it fast enough. I leave and I don`t talk to anybody in the business at all for a couple of weeks. I hate the beach. I don`t like travelling," he added.

"I`m not being evasive. I just don`t like the things that most people would like," Phoenix said.