I think I went to the Viper Room after Phoenix did his drugs which I would attribute to the Church of God demonizing which is part of so many Christian cults and orthodoxies including Catholic exorcisms etc., which I have commented on many times here. I enjoyed talking with the star of NCIS New Orleans and meeting a Haida man seeking a job in Hollywood. Here is Joaquin who now seems a beautiful soul.
"Although he was born in Puerto Rico and travelled around Central and South America with his family, who were involved in the Children Of God community, Phoenix, the brother of late Stand By Me actor River, moved to LA when he was six, and has lived there ever since.
But the actor, whose mother worked as a secretary at a TV channel ("There's nothing less hippy than being a secretary at NBC!"), feels unqualified to judge whether the Los Angeles of Inherent Vice is true to that time.
"I don't know anything about the Seventies. I don't even know about the current time," says the 40-year-old, laughing. "I don't know that I interact with Los Angeles enough to have an opinion."
If it sounds like he's being stubborn, in person, it doesn't come across that way. If anything, he seems modest and is quick to say when he doesn't feel qualified to opine, prefacing answers by apologising if he's repeating what other actors have said, or if he sounds patronising."