Phoenix: Making a movie is like falling in love

The actor stars in the movie 'Her' which has been nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars.

Joaquin Phoenix. Picture: AFP.

NEW YORK - Joaquin Phoenix has told Eyewitness News that making a movie is like falling in love.

The actor stars in the movie _Her _which releases in South African cinemas today and has been nominated for Best Picture at next month's Academy Awards.

Phoenix says an indescribable feeling makes him sign onto a new film.

"You can't ever really put your finger on what it is. But really, you have this feeling that you want to be close to somebody and that's what happens when I read a script I decide I want to be with this experience."

The critically-acclaimed actor once dated South African model and philanthropist Topaz Page-Green.

He still sits on the board of her non-profit organisation the Lunchbox Fund, which provides daily meals for extremely poor and at-risk school children in South Africa.