But it's Riv who's on the rise, putting his boyhood roles behind him. Phoenix, however, denies it. "I don't have any career strategy," he says. "It can't be about money, and it can't be about 'Now that I'm grown up I've gotta play these guys.' Man, I'll play a twelve-year old - if there's pretty girls in the film."
INTERVIEW BY LISA BERNHARD
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