Sep 23, 2021 · Joaquin Phoenix announced his retirement from the film industry by attending a charity event in San Francisco to collaborate with The Painted Turtle, a charity campaign to help sick children sponsored by Paul Newman in the 1990s. The actor will now turn to his musical career.
Oct 29, 2008 · Joaquin Phoenix dropped quite a shocker at a benefit for Paul Newman’s camps for kids Monday, announcing his plans to quit acting. ... His rep confirmed the retirement to Extra.Estimated Reading Time: 1 min
Jan 20, 2009 · Joaquin Phoenix - in possibly the most bizarre interview I've ever witnessed - "retired from acting" a few months ago to focus on a music career. This weekend, Phoenix took part in his first ...
Dec 06, 2017 · Joaquin Phoenix Retires. 03/14/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017. Joaquin Phoenix announced his retirement last month, and though I was profoundly disappointed, I can’t say I was surprised. He’s best described as a mercurial person, so there’s a chance he might yet change his mind — selfishly, I hope he does — but his decision is ...Estimated Reading Time: 6 mins
Joaquin Phoenix announced his retirement last month, and though I was profoundly disappointed, I can't say I was surprised. He's best described as a mercurial person, so there's a chance he might yet change his mind -- selfishly, I hope he does -- but his decision is consistent with the person he is and was and always will be. He doesn't care about anything but the work, and even then he cares only about process and never the product in fact, he doesn't even watch his own films. The young man gave acting everything he had. Perhaps he just ran out of gas. I know now how hard it is to find a true original like him, and that for a time I simply got lucky. I first met Joaquin in , on a cold winter night in New York. It was a blustery and brutal evening after a brutal day, and I'd had nothing less than a brutal week trying to cast my film The Yards. I'd met with what seemed like a hundred actors, and most of them seemed talented and enthusiastic. But what they all lacked -- for me, anyway -- was a certain quality that separates the best from the rest: an ability to communicate a complex inner life. The camera doesn't lie, so they say though others have said it lies constantly, and both are right , but what it does above all else is magnify. If you think it, you can think it a whole lot on the big screen and you don't have to say a word. If you don't care, we can see that you don't, twenty feet high. It's a heightened reality, but necessarily a more intimate one, and if you're at war with yourself, the medium tends to reward you. It was immediately clear to me, after only a few moments of conversation, that Joaquin was that and many other things. He was conflicted, he was bright, and he was hungry. Something else was obvious, too: Joaquin had danger. I wasn't scared of him, but I was scared of what he might do, most of all to himself. I had to work with him as soon as possible. Looking back on our first collaboration, I'm not sure we actually collaborated all that much. I seem to remember a whole lot of torment and angst and yelling and screaming. But I also remember consistently being amazed by the emotional depth of the then-twenty-four year-old, and I loved his feral unpredictability. He seemed ready to explode at any minute. He was hard on himself, a true perfectionist -- though just as often, his fury was directed at me. I didn't care. We had one thing in common, and that was a total commitment to the work. We will no doubt fail, we told each other over and over again, but at least we will fail giving it everything we have. He was untrained and undisciplined, usually requiring multiple takes and a great deal of coaching. So did I. The Yards feels now like the first round of a boxing match in which neither fighter seems ready to engage. Both dance around the ring at the sound of the bell, sizing each other up, waiting for the real battle to begin. What are the strengths of my opponent? The weaknesses? And what terrible surprises might be in store? We went six years before working together again, though we did see each other frequently in that time and became good friends. We recognized quickly that we had the same tastes; every now and then, we would call each other, usually late at night -- did you see that film? What a piece of shit! I learned, too, that he had admirers from all walks of life. When Johnny Cash! What followed was of course a meal for the ages. I could see his craft reaching a new level in Walk the Line , and I'll confess I became a little jealous of Jim Mangold, the film's director. I knew the next picture I got to make would have to have that Phoenix fella in it, come hell or high water. Our second picture together was We Own the Night , and it was different. I can't speak for Joaquin -- though Lord knows, I've tried and failed, many times -- but for me, it was a more complex and contentious and rewarding experience. He'd matured, and he'd begun to grow out of me. It was as though he understood his weapon and was figuring out how best to use it. He thought long and hard about every scene, turning it over in his mind, and he studied his script until it became hopelessly tattered and all but unreadable. We worked night and day, rehearsing and discussing. Sometimes it would lead to horrible arguments -- often my fault! I'm no diplomat -- but in my weak defense, there were times I couldn't distinguish with whom I was speaking. Was it character or actor? This time, he went in, and he went in deep. Okay, you want me to see my father dead, in the street?
I can't speak for Joaquin -- though Lord knows, I've tried and failed, many times -- but for me, it was a more complex and contentious and rewarding experience. Academy Award for Best Actor. Retrieved April 29, He doesn't care about anything but the work, and even then he cares only about process and never the product in fact, he doesn't even watch his own films. Retrieved December 11, The Atlantic. Retrieved February 18, What a piece of shit! Desta, Yohana January 20, Contemporary Theatre, Film, and Television. Phoenix expressed immense joy being cast as the lead voice role in a Disney animated feature, stating "The real pinnacle [in my career] is that I'm playing an animated character in a Disney film. Archived from the original on May 6, The series showcased celebrity guests on global adventures "in order to connect with young leaders who are creating social and economic change". Archived from the original on October 28, All we had was each other. The following year, Phoenix starred in the satirical film Buffalo Soldiers as a U. Barry Hertz of The Globe and Mail wrote that there's no better leading actor producing better work than Phoenix, stating "The actor — never a simple chameleon, but someone who disappears into a role entirely with a frightening conviction — continues to display new and tremendous range here" and David Hughes of Empire thought that in a more conventional film, Phoenix would be the favourite to win an Academy Award. Archived from the original on April 9, July 25, Archived from the original on October 3, Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. Friedman, Roger October 24, The Guardian. Christian Today. Archived from the original on August 8, We worked night and day, rehearsing and discussing. Rooney Mara —present; engaged. Archived from the original on May 16, Screen International. Our second picture together was We Own the Night , and it was different. All three were said to be awful but I can only vouch for the one below, which I have to say is indeed fucking awful Writing for Roger Ebert's website, Tomris Laffly commented on Phoenix's and Reilly's "tremendous chemistry" and Lindsey Behr of the Associated Press opined that the duo "excellently manage all the various tones in the film". Perhaps he just ran out of gas. They are my absolute 1st Affleck and 2nd Phoenix choice and have been since day one you can check the OWF archives for that. Coronavirus News U. Stone, Sam September 1, Isn't that the greatest? Get started below Archived from the original on August 20, Winslet and Phoenix generate real fire, notably when Abbe dreams of ravishing Madeleine on the altar. Phoenix took back his birth first name in the early s and received critical acclaim for his supporting work in the comedy-drama film To Die For and the period film Quills She Wants Revenge. Kim; Vary, Adam B. John Lee Bottom father Arlyn Phoenix mother. January 21, Archived from the original on June 5, When Johnny Cash! Chicago Sun Times. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Drew Pinsky diagnosing him with dysarthria after his infamous appearance on The David Letterman Show. And I could suddenly see it through his eyes. Retrieved August 14, This is my story Thankfully for me, he said yes, and the shoot was the happiest of the three. Hagan, Joe October 1,
Known for playing dark and unconventional characters in independent films , he is the recipient of various accolades , including an Academy Award , a British Academy Film Award , a Grammy Award , and two Golden Globe Awards. Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Los Angeles and Florida , Phoenix began his career by appearing in television series in the early s with his brother River. His first major film roles were in SpaceCamp and Parenthood During that period, he was credited as Leaf Phoenix, a name he gave himself. Phoenix took back his birth first name in the early s and received critical acclaim for his supporting work in the comedy-drama film To Die For and the period film Quills He received further critical acclaim and first Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his portrayal of the evil emperor Commodus in the historical drama film Gladiator Phoenix continued to receive acclaim in two features with his frequent director James Gray ; the action thriller We Own the Night and the romantic drama Two Lovers , before taking a break from acting. In the s, Phoenix returned to acting to critical acclaim. Phoenix is an animal rights activist. He has been vegan since the age of three and regularly supports charitable causes and has produced several documentaries on global meat consumption and its impact on the environment. Phoenix has been in a relationship with actress Rooney Mara since , with whom he has one son. He also has a half-sister named Jodean born from his father's previous relationship. Soon after the second child was born, they joined the religious cult called Children of God and started traveling throughout South America and Puerto Rico in the Caribbean as Christian missionaries , where the next two children were born. They eventually grew disillusioned with Children of God and left in , being opposed to the cult's increasingly distorted rules, particularly the practice of flirty fishing. It was also around this time they legally adopted the surname Phoenix, inspired by the mythical bird that rises from its own ashes, symbolizing a new beginning. This act made the whole family convert to veganism. In , after Phoenix's father had to stop working because of an old spinal injury, the whole family moved to Los Angeles where the mother met a high-profile child agent named Iris Burton , who got the children into commercials and bit parts on TV. Instantaneous joy. The most enjoyable thing. For me, it was this. I was eight years old, and I remember the first scene on the TV set so vividly. And I knew that I loved it — the physical sensation; how powerful it was. They also studied dance; Phoenix became an avid break dancer. Phoenix made his feature film debut in the adventure film SpaceCamp as a young boy who goes to Kennedy Space Center to learn about the NASA space program and undergoes amateur astronaut training. In , Phoenix co-starred as Garry, the withdrawn teenage nephew of Steve Martin 's character in Ron Howard 's comedy-drama Parenthood. Phoenix, who had accompanied his brother and older sister Rain to the club, called to seek help for his dying brother. After the death, the phone call was repeatedly broadcast on TV and radio shows. The family retreated to Costa Rica to escape the media glare as the event came to be depicted as a cautionary tale of young Hollywood surrounded by mythology and conspiracy. Phoenix starred as Jimmy Emmett, a disturbed young man who is seduced by a woman Nicole Kidman to commit murder. Rivetingly played by Mr Phoenix with a raw, anguished expressiveness that makes him an actor to watch for, Jimmy is both tempted and terrified by Suzanne's slick amorality. In that, he speaks for us all. In , Phoenix played a small-town troublemaker in Oliver Stone 's U Turn , and a poor man in love with a rich woman in Inventing the Abbotts. The films were received with mostly mixed and negative reviews, respectively, and neither performed well at the box office. The film was released to a dismal box office performance and was not well received by critics. In , Phoenix co-starred in three films. In the first of these, he portrayed a fictionalized version of Roman Emperor Commodus in Ridley Scott 's historical epic film Gladiator. To this date, they are the only brothers to hold this distinction. The crime film follows the corruption in the rail yards of Queens. Although failing to perform well at the box office,  The Yards received positive reviews from critics with many considering Phoenix's performance as the villain a stand out. Winslet and Phoenix generate real fire, notably when Abbe dreams of ravishing Madeleine on the altar. The following year, Phoenix starred in the satirical film Buffalo Soldiers as a U. Army soldier. However, because the film was a satire of the US military , its wider theatrical run was delayed by approximately two years because of the September 11 attacks ; it was finally released on July 25, The science fiction thriller Signs marked Phoenix's first collaboration with director M. Night Shyamalan. In the film, he played Merrill Hess, a former Minor League baseball player who, along with his older brother Graham Mel Gibson , discovers that Earth has been invaded by extraterrestrials.