I’m a little saddened today. I’m saddened after reading a story on movies.ie about Joaquin Phoenix quitting acting to pursue a music career.
I’m not a huge film buff and although I love the cinema, I go through phases of going all the time or not at all – feast or famine! Currently I am going through a famine 🙂 However I know what I like and who I like and Joaquin Phoenix is right up there on the list. When I see his name attached to a film I can be pretty sure it’s a damn good one. He’s one of the best actors out there in my opinion. He’s not someone I find especially good-looking but there is definitely a quality about him on screen, a certain something about him and when I see his name on a film trailer or flyer I know it’s going to be a good one!
Earlier in the year when I was in Dunedin in New Zealand and saw a poster for We Own The Night outside the local cinema
I knew nothing about it, had never heard of it, had seen no trailers, but based on Joaquin Phoenix being named on the poster I went to see it. And I was delighted I did, I loved the film it was wonderful, gritty, dark, entertaining, and had a great cast of actors besides JP – Robert Duvall, Eva Mendez and Mark Wahlberg also star – rent it out if you haven’t seen it already! And watch out for the hot and steamy opening scene 😉
I loved Joaquin in Gladiator in his Oscar-nominated role as Commodus, one of my very favourite films ever
And of course there was his other Oscar-nominated performance as Johnny Cash in Walk The Line.
When making his announcement recently, he had this to say:
“I want to take this opportunity to give you the exclusive, and to talk a little bit about the fact that this will be my last performance as an actor,” he said at a benefit in San Francisco to honour Paul Newman.
He added: “I’m not doing films anymore, I’m working on my music. I’m done. I’ve been through that.”
His upcoming movie ‘Two Lovers’ starring Gwyneth Paltrow will be his last. I’ve just watched the trailer and I think I’m in love all over again! I will definitely be going to see this movie even if I have to go on my own, I will make sure I go see it!
Good luck with the music career Mr. Phoenix, if your performance in ‘Walk The Line’ is anything to go by, you’ll do well.