Joaquin Phoenix Rescued from Car Crash by Director Werner Herzog

In the last week accident, not only the seat-belt saved the actor, but also the 63-year-old director

Last week, Oscar-nominee Joaquin Phoenix was rescued from his car wreck by German cult director Werner Herzog. The 31-year-old "Walk The Line" star overturned his car on a canyon road above Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood after his brakes failed and he collided with another vehicle.

The heartthrob actor was saved mainly because he was wearing his seat-belt, but a consistent help to get out of the wreckage was received from the 63-year-old director, who has a home nearby.

"I remember this knocking on the passenger window. There was this German voice saying, 'Just relax.' There's the airbag, I can't see and I'm saying, 'I'm fine. I am relaxed. Finally, I rolled down the window and this head pops inside. And he said, 'No, you're not.' And suddenly I said to myself, 'That's Werner Herzog' There's something so calming and beautiful about Werner Herzog's voice. I felt completely fine and safe. I climbed out. I got out of the car and I said, 'Thank you,' and he was gone," related the one who created the portrayal of the country star Johnny Cash.

As for his last success movie, the actor revealed he doesn't like watching himself and also stated that the end of filming "Johnny Cash" movie threw him in a big depression: "I hate watching myself. I went through confusion and depression. After a film like this, I lose those things that help define me and make me comfortable. I go through this thing of, 'What am I? What do I do?'"


By    3 Feb 2006, 14:41 GMT