For starters, a violent / crazed personality is one that Joaquin Phoenix has perfected throughout various stages in his career. From earlier turns such as Toby N. Tucker in Oliver Stone’s U-Turn, to more recent roles such as Freddie Quell in Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, Phoenix is well versed in characters of this ilk. Those intimidating figures that are smiling, playful imps one moment, only to quickly pivot into punch-throwing, knife-wielding brawlers of rage the next. A fine line exists between both of those worlds, and it’s one that Joaquin Phoenix has walked frequently in his storied resume. The best example of such unpredictability can be seen in a scene from The Master, in which a mild-mannered picture day with Freddie turns into a department store brawl that no one would have ever expected.