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Joaquin Phoenix decides to unretire from acting

09.10.2010

And for his next trick, Joaquin Phoenix will attempt to make his career...reappear! The Oscar-nominated actor who infamously "quit" acting while being filmed by brother-in-law Casey Affleck for the documentary I'M STILL HERE is apparently pulling a Brett Favre and unretiring (unclear yet whether Phoenix, also like Favre, will act beautifully throughout most of a movie only to completely blow it in the last five minutes).

While Phoenix hasn't decided on what his next narrative film will be, he's been in talks to star in a few projects. It was almost a done deal that Phoenix would've co-starred with Jeremy Renner in THE RAVEN but Renner was forced to drop out to star in NOT M:I4 and Phoenix bailed with him (John Cusack recently stepped in to replace Renner but Phoenix now appears uninterested in returning to the project).

Phoenix was also offered the villain role in the upcoming Jonah Hill comedy THE SITTER, where he would've played a slightly psychotic drug dealer for director David Gordon Green. Sadly it seems Phoenix passed on the part as it would've been a genius bit of casting.

What appears to be the issue for Phoenix at this point is shattering the image he's cultivated for the past year or so while making I'M STILL HERE. While the film recently screened at a few festivals (read Chris Bumbray's review from Toronto), it only opens in limited release today and the actor seems cautious about jumping right back into traditional filmmaking so soon (which would make the cries of "hoax!" only louder).

Extra Tidbit: Maybe he can write "Back I'm!" on his knuckles when he returns.
Source: THR

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11:53PM on 09/12/2010

well this is no shocker!

I've said it before and I'll say it again. If your an actor who gets into acting because you love it and not because you wanna be rich and famous, then I don't believe you will truly ever walk away from acting. If it's your life's work you just have to be doing it, in some way or another! Glad to see him back!
I've said it before and I'll say it again. If your an actor who gets into acting because you love it and not because you wanna be rich and famous, then I don't believe you will truly ever walk away from acting. If it's your life's work you just have to be doing it, in some way or another! Glad to see him back!
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11:51PM on 09/12/2010

well this is no shocker!

I've said it before and I'll say it again. If your an actor who gets into acting because you love it and not because you wanna be rich and famous, then I don't believe you will truly ever walk away from acting. If it's your life's work you just have to be doing it, in some way or another! Glad to see him back!
I've said it before and I'll say it again. If your an actor who gets into acting because you love it and not because you wanna be rich and famous, then I don't believe you will truly ever walk away from acting. If it's your life's work you just have to be doing it, in some way or another! Glad to see him back!
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9:31AM on 09/11/2010
It's amazing how foreclosures and mounting debts make these celebrities rethink their careers and new directions in their lives
It's amazing how foreclosures and mounting debts make these celebrities rethink their careers and new directions in their lives
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3:18AM on 09/11/2010
Oh so does that mean that like Favre when he returns and nobody takes him seriously he'll kick all kinds of ass and shut a lot of people's mouths? Go Vikes
Oh so does that mean that like Favre when he returns and nobody takes him seriously he'll kick all kinds of ass and shut a lot of people's mouths? Go Vikes
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3:15AM on 09/11/2010
Oh so does that mean that like Favre when he returns and nobody takes him seriously he'll kick all kinds of ass and shut a lot of people's mouths? Go Vikes
Oh so does that mean that like Favre when he returns and nobody takes him seriously he'll kick all kinds of ass and shut a lot of people's mouths? Go Vikes
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6:52PM on 09/10/2010
I didn't know he 'retired' didnt even notice he was gone and at the time when Stiller mocked him at the Oscars I had no idea it was about JP at all..
I didn't know he 'retired' didnt even notice he was gone and at the time when Stiller mocked him at the Oscars I had no idea it was about JP at all..
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4:41PM on 09/10/2010

All right, I'll say it.

JP for The Riddler!
JP for The Riddler!
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11:52PM on 09/12/2010
awesome idea!
awesome idea!
11:53PM on 09/12/2010
great idea!
great idea!
3:18PM on 09/10/2010
I think its pretty funny that people actually still think he was ever going to actually retire, or that this was a publicity stunt. All his crazy actions he made in public were so he could be filmed for this movie and have those who were around him react naturally because they thought he was insane, like David Letterman. I'm sure that will be a pivotal part in the 'documentary'. It was all in the name of attempting something new and different. After the film releases he should feel
I think its pretty funny that people actually still think he was ever going to actually retire, or that this was a publicity stunt. All his crazy actions he made in public were so he could be filmed for this movie and have those who were around him react naturally because they thought he was insane, like David Letterman. I'm sure that will be a pivotal part in the 'documentary'. It was all in the name of attempting something new and different. After the film releases he should feel confident enough to do anything he wants because he was pretty successful at not following the norm, something everyone else in Hollywood in guilty of.
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1:56PM on 09/10/2010
"(unclear yet whether Phoenix, also like Favre, will act beautifully throughout most of a movie only to completely blow it in the last five minutes)"

I love this line from the article. As a Packers fan who loves seeing Favre fail, I laughed at this joke. It conjures a hilarious image (right at the climactic moment, when it looks like the movie will end strong, Joaquin completely botches the final scene. Credits roll to a disgusted audience.)
"(unclear yet whether Phoenix, also like Favre, will act beautifully throughout most of a movie only to completely blow it in the last five minutes)"

I love this line from the article. As a Packers fan who loves seeing Favre fail, I laughed at this joke. It conjures a hilarious image (right at the climactic moment, when it looks like the movie will end strong, Joaquin completely botches the final scene. Credits roll to a disgusted audience.)
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3:18AM on 09/11/2010
As far as Favre goes, "disgusted audience" is more like "disappointed but proud". Who was his best season with again?

It's all in fun rivalry, man :)
As far as Favre goes, "disgusted audience" is more like "disappointed but proud". Who was his best season with again?

It's all in fun rivalry, man :)
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1:55PM on 09/10/2010

in this age of T.M.I.

I'm all for a good hoax. Borat-style. Just entertain me. I dont care if you retire, unretire, fake your death or pretend to marry your sister. just keep it interesting
I'm all for a good hoax. Borat-style. Just entertain me. I dont care if you retire, unretire, fake your death or pretend to marry your sister. just keep it interesting
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1:55PM on 09/10/2010

what a shock. . .

lamest publicity stunt ever. . .
lamest publicity stunt ever. . .
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1:51PM on 09/10/2010
Let's see: Joaquin Phoenix "retires" from acting to start a "rap career" and he un-retires immediately after the release of the movie about this career path. This all but proves that it was all a hoax. I don't know why anyone still believes this was real. I think it's a hilarious idea, reminiscent of what Andy Kaufman used to do.
Let's see: Joaquin Phoenix "retires" from acting to start a "rap career" and he un-retires immediately after the release of the movie about this career path. This all but proves that it was all a hoax. I don't know why anyone still believes this was real. I think it's a hilarious idea, reminiscent of what Andy Kaufman used to do.
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1:06PM on 09/10/2010
Can't say I'm surprised. Can't say I even care.
Can't say I'm surprised. Can't say I even care.
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12:28PM on 09/10/2010
I still believe that most of this thing from past few years was just a hoax. Anyway, he's a talented guy, and it'd be good to have him back not being a crazy fucktard.
I still believe that most of this thing from past few years was just a hoax. Anyway, he's a talented guy, and it'd be good to have him back not being a crazy fucktard.
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11:59AM on 09/10/2010
Awwwww.....he never released an album from his blossoming rap career :(
Awwwww.....he never released an album from his blossoming rap career :(
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10:11AM on 09/10/2010

Don't Call It A Comeback

I am a fan of Phoenix and think that he's a great actor. It's his own fault that he created this crazy "image of himself and now wants people to see that he has ridden himself of it. I'm glad he's trying to find the right script to come back for, but the comedy with Jonahl Hill souned fantastic for hinm, psychotic drug dealer? Would have nailed it.
I am a fan of Phoenix and think that he's a great actor. It's his own fault that he created this crazy "image of himself and now wants people to see that he has ridden himself of it. I'm glad he's trying to find the right script to come back for, but the comedy with Jonahl Hill souned fantastic for hinm, psychotic drug dealer? Would have nailed it.
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