It’s been 15 years since the Johnny Cash biopic “Walk The Line” premiered. The film chronicled the rise of Cash as a musician and his whirlwind romance with his future wife June Carter. “Walk The Line” released in the wake of both’s passing, serving as a memorial to their endearing legacy.
The film starred Joaquin Phoenix as Cash and Reese Witherspoon as Carter. Upon release, the film was well-received with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 82% fresh and an audience score of 90%. The film went on to gross over $187 million at the box office.
Celebrate the release of the film by taking a look at these little-known facts about the movie.
Joaquin Phoenix Improvised Destroying a Sink
The Actors Performed the Music of Johnny Cash and June Carter Themselves
“At first it kind of felt like [I was] lost and set adrift,” Witherspoon said in an interview. “First of all, I didn’t know I was singing. I signed up to do the acting bit. That would have been in a completely different contract. [Joaquin] and I went into that with a lot of trepidation, particularly him. He was playing an icon that had such a recognizable voice. And me, I am just a perfectionist and totally afraid of stinking (laughing).”
Johnny Cash and June Carter Approved the Casting
Witherspoon met with the couple’s children to discuss her portrayal of their mother.
“They just talked a lot about her personality and how she could just as easily have dinner with the man who pumped gas at the gas station as she could with the Queen,” Witherspoon said. “She was an amazing sort of person to be so open-minded about humanity.”
The Film’s Prison Scenes Were Filmed on a Set
Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon Didn’t Like Each Other at First
“Reese was my partner. I mean, we went through all of this together, the highs and the lows and the anxiety about singing and performing and taking on these iconic characters,” Phoenix told MovieWeb. “I was really impressed with her because I’ve spent a lot of time working with actors who were like ‘Jesus, can we just go out.’ But Reese was like the minute you were done she was back in her room and she’s studying or calling. I’d never had an experience quite like that, her commitment to the work and her work ethic and I think that what’s extraordinary is that she could also balance her family life. That’s something that I’m incapable of doing; my personal life absolutely goes down the drain when I start working.”