"At their first audition, did record producer Sam Phillips really challenge Cash's band to sing "the kind of song that truly saves people"?
So at least once a year I find a way to watch one of my favorite movies, Walk The Line. It stars Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon as Johnny Cash and June Carter. The movie had great success as it won several awards which included an Academy Award for Best Actress. Although much deserved, a cloud of mystery always stayed with me and many as to why Joaquin did not win Best Actor. Rather than discuss the issues Joaquin had with the Academy Awards or rant on those who won in his place I would rather share with you a scene from the film that always sends a chill to my spine. The clip provided is Phoenix as Johnny Cash auditioning at Sun Records in front of Sam Phillips. After initially being dismissed for covering an overplayed track, Phoenix's character digs deep and introduces Folsom Prison Blues. The performance on this scene is enough to send a wave of emotion every single time I watch it. I have read Cash, The Autobiography and do not recall reading this event occur. In the chance that it would be true, what a way to win over a record producer. I have found chasingthefrog.com to contain facts on the film and it states the audition did not exactly pan out as dramatic as depicted. The article on the left was borrowed from the link mentioned.
I thought I would share this clip and my personal thoughts on one of my favorite movies, Walk The Line.
What do you think?
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