Phoenix plays country music singer legend Johnny Cash and focuses on the relationship he has with June Carter, played by Reese Witherspoon. The film is directed by James Mangold and co-stars Ginnifer Goodwin, Robert Patrick and Dallas Roberts.
He had such a rich, amazing life, but I mean, some of the obvious things, I remember reading in the script that he’s with Jerry Lee Lewis and he’s with Elvis, well that just sounds good for a movie, that’s just written in there. And then to discover that he really was touring with these guys, that was amazing to me. I had no idea. But I think also his love affair with June, that just seems fictional. It’s kind of a fairy tale romance and a love that kind of endured for more than a decade, was really surprising to me.