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Joaquin quits acting?

10.28.2008

Has actor Joaquin Phoenix had his fill of the biz?

That's what the still-young thesp tells Extra: "I'm not doing films anymore," he bluntly stated at a recent Paul Newman benefit. And apparently he means it: "Yeah. I'm working on my music. I'm done. I've been through that."

Could it just be bit of momentary frustration from the actor, whose releases following his Oscar-nominated turn as Johnny Cash (namely RESERVATION ROAD and WE OWN THE NIGHT) weren't exactly well-received? Not if chum Casey Affleck and Phoenix's representatives are to be believed, as both of them made comments to support the departure claim.

It remains to be seen if Phoenix just needs some time away from the Hollywood Machine, but he currently doesn't have anything on his slate beyond the drama TWO LOVERS (in the can and awaiting release). Hmmm.

Extra Tidbit: Maybe he's serious, or maybe he's just joaquin'.
Source: Extra

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3:54AM on 10/29/2008
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2:18AM on 10/29/2008
you guys laughed at the tidbit part? i laughed at the Two Lovers in the can and waiting release part
you guys laughed at the tidbit part? i laughed at the Two Lovers in the can and waiting release part
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2:10AM on 10/29/2008

Isn't he a scientologist?

Maybe Xenu told him to quit...
Maybe Xenu told him to quit...
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2:05AM on 10/29/2008
He would make a decent Joker.
He would make a decent Joker.
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11:47PM on 10/28/2008
this came out of nowhere, but when i think about it, i really don't give a shit.
this came out of nowhere, but when i think about it, i really don't give a shit.
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11:07PM on 10/28/2008
Ditto. That extra tidbit kicked ass. It came out of nowhere. I don't know why I laughed, but I did. A lot.
Ditto. That extra tidbit kicked ass. It came out of nowhere. I don't know why I laughed, but I did. A lot.
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10:37PM on 10/28/2008
Well this sucks. He's become a pretty damn good actor. Especially after Walk The Line.
Well this sucks. He's become a pretty damn good actor. Especially after Walk The Line.
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10:29PM on 10/28/2008

Hopefully Not.

If Joaquin quits acting then Hollywood is losing one of its best actors.

Damn shame, he is a great actor. I thought he should have won Best Actor for Walk The Line. He really is a great actor, I mean just watch Gladiator, Walk The Line, Signs, The Village, and We Own The Night.

He really is the best part of his movies.
If Joaquin quits acting then Hollywood is losing one of its best actors.

Damn shame, he is a great actor. I thought he should have won Best Actor for Walk The Line. He really is a great actor, I mean just watch Gladiator, Walk The Line, Signs, The Village, and We Own The Night.

He really is the best part of his movies.
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10:19PM on 10/28/2008

Ridiculous!!!

I guess he's gotta do what makes him happy, but DAMN it if the movie biz isn't gonna be hurt by this!!! He's made some amazing films!!!! His portrayal in Gladiator was one of the reasons I loved that movie so much. I love the movie Return to Paradise. I might be the only one that liked The Village, held together entirely by Phoenix!!!!! I just hope that one day, he returns to acting. Wait a minute....MUSIC career?!?!?!?! Oh brother!!!!!
I guess he's gotta do what makes him happy, but DAMN it if the movie biz isn't gonna be hurt by this!!! He's made some amazing films!!!! His portrayal in Gladiator was one of the reasons I loved that movie so much. I love the movie Return to Paradise. I might be the only one that liked The Village, held together entirely by Phoenix!!!!! I just hope that one day, he returns to acting. Wait a minute....MUSIC career?!?!?!?! Oh brother!!!!!
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10:17PM on 10/28/2008
That extra tidbit was awesome.
That extra tidbit was awesome.
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10:16PM on 10/28/2008

Reservation Road

The film was Reservation Road, not Revolutionary Road; the latter has yet to be released and stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. That aside, this is somewhat disappointing. Joaquin is still young and talented, but if he can find a future in music, then maybe it is time to move on. I am all for versatility in a career, but some actors do both and don't have any problems. I sure hope this has nothing to do with his last two films.
The film was Reservation Road, not Revolutionary Road; the latter has yet to be released and stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. That aside, this is somewhat disappointing. Joaquin is still young and talented, but if he can find a future in music, then maybe it is time to move on. I am all for versatility in a career, but some actors do both and don't have any problems. I sure hope this has nothing to do with his last two films.
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