Joaquin Phoenix fears his portrayal of Johnny Cash in biopic Walk the Line
will be panned - because he feels "inadequate" as the country legend.
The SIGNS actor has even been called upon to perform as Cash for the film,
and he admits he's terrified of upsetting the late star's family with his
He says, "My singing is shameful. For Walk the Line, I think we put in
probably three-and-a-half months prepping for that film and I've never felt so
inadequate in my life.
"It's been quite a journey. I have a great deal of respect for singers and
it's incredibly vulnerable to go out there in front of a lot of people and
"I also have great respect for people that lip-sync while they're singing
'cause it's very difficult to do. We're doing both - live singing and playing,
and some to playback.
"I'm a terrible judge of myself in how it's going. We're doing ten
concerts and it's terrifying."
Phoenix admits he's so nervous when he performs as Cash he actually has
He explains, "I lose myself. At some point I just kind of come to, and the
day's over, and they say, 'You're off,' and I go, 'Oh, OK.' I really have no
concept of what happens from doing the set to going home."