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Joaquin Phoenix To Quit Acting...
Star to focus on singing career

30 October 2008  |  Written by Dan Goodswen  

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Joaquin Phoenix has startled movie fans and the film industry alike by announcing that he is to retire from acting... to focus on singing.

Phoenix, nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award for 2005's Walk the Line, and for Best Supporting Actor 2000's Gladiator, has had a long career in film, starting as a child actor on TV in the early 80's, back when he was called Leaf, and graduating to film in such fare as Disney's Space Camp in 1986.

He has always been candid about his relationship with acting, being quoted as saying "The reason I keep making movies is I hate the last thing I did. I'm trying to rectify my wrongs."

His career of late has been a rollercoaster affair. After his Best Actor nomination in 2005, Phoenix checked himself into rehab for alcohol dependency.

He wouldn't make a film until 2007, when he starred in the poorly received We Own The Night. He followed that up with Reservation Road, which received mostly negative reviews and made just $122,000 at the US box office.

His last film - if he stays true to his word and retires - will be James Gray's Two Lovers with Gwyneth Paltrow. Gray also directed Phoenix in The Yards and We Own The Night. It is released in the UK in 2009.

As far as the singing career goes, Phoenix has apparently been working on an album with The Charlatan's front man Tim Burgess, expected to be released sometime next year. He already has a Grammy award for his work on the Walk the Line soundtrack, for which he provided his own vocals.

This isn't the first time Phoenix  has quit acting - he did so after the traumatic experience of his brother River's untimely death in 1993, at which time he took a one year break from the screen. If his album proves successful, it looks like this break could be much longer.

What do you think, readers - has Phoenix really quit acting? Or is this just a temporary state of affairs? Will he be missed? Let us know in the space below.

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RE: Joaquin Pheonix To Quit Acting...
He probably got tired of being confused with Joaquin ] More

Posted by Mason Verger at 13:02 on 02 November 2008 | Report This Post

whhhhhyyyyyy!!!??? More

Posted by mk269 at 02:33 on 31 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
who's really going to take seriously as a musician? and does he plan on writing his own songs? sounds like throwing the baby out with the bathwater to me (or just a rouse after a few bad box office receipts) but good luck to him. More

Posted by rupert303 at 22:46 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
Quite a surprise.   Anyone else notice that Wacky Phoenix has become quie dull and depressing lately, in interviews anyway (going down the Harrison Ford route) More

Posted by Tech_Noir at 22:24 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: No major loss
I'm a huge fan, as most people here know, so I'm obviously shocked and upset about it. But whatever makes him happy is always good and I have a sneaking suspicion his music will fare better than the usual actor-to-singer stuff. I hope he does act again one day. More

Posted by Amelie_Scotland at 22:11 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

No major loss
couldn't care less! disliked walk the line and i don't think he's a particular loss to the acting world. his brother however..... More

Posted by fuzzywobs at 21:50 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE:
Let's hope so!!! Damn it Pheonix if it ain't broke don't fix it!!! ] More

Posted by Sphinx at 21:08 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

He'll be back. How many actors have tried the singing route and failed? More

Posted by sanchia at 20:17 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

A Real Shame.
I always liked Joaquin when he was outstanding in Gladiator and brillant in Walk The Line. I was shocked of this news, he's a excellent actor but to do singing? Well, that's up to him but I will miss him and I will see his last movie on the big screen. Probably cry on that day. I wish him well for his new direction, I hope it does good for him and who knows? He might be a great singer and won't come back to Hollywood. More

Posted by joanna likes films at 17:49 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

I think Joaquin is a very talented actor, but judging by his Walk The Line vocals, it looks like he could be a good singer also. If this is the case, and he can forge a succesfull/semi-succesfull career in music, then I don't think we will see Phoenix on the screen any time soon. More

Posted by Barraluke at 16:39 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

Best of luck to him and all, but I have a sneaking suspicion that he'll be back to acting after 2-3 years. More

Posted by rayhiggins at 15:03 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

phoenix
well i must admit its a bold step to take but why not have a go! however i do think that Phoenix is an under rated actor and under-used in a lot of films. hope he doesnt turn his back on the silver screen however i must admit the film i think he is outstanding was walk the line and the sound track is excellent! More

Posted by tres long at 14:23 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

^^
He will probably return, he is too young to quit. But also he said that he couldn't quit before because he is never happy with what he does, so he really should have quit at Walk the line and not now. So he is doomed to return to rectify his work. He is also a good singer so I think he'll manage that pretty well;) More

Posted by Albertine at 12:42 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

Is he really any good? Other than Walk The Line I've never thought he was particularly convincing. His performance in Gladiator was especially bad. Good luck to him, but I'm in no rush to see his return to the screen. More

Posted by tomcat at 12:26 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

Blimey. That boy's got presence and an undeniable sense of passion (at least in his better roles). What a shame. Hopefully he'll be back by 2010. Oh, and what's it with those rumours that Sean Connery's returning? More

Posted by Manfrendshensindshen at 11:58 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: matthewforan Well first the great news about r getting somewhere and now this talk about a mixed news morning. One of the best actors out there is now going to be a focus on music, well good luck to him anyway. sp; Thinking about it, Phoenix would be a great Jesse Custer! More

Posted by CORLEONE at 11:57 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

Great actor, and his talents will be missed. But, I suppose, if this is what's gonna make him happy, reach for the stars. And who knows? I might end up buying his album... More

Posted by Romarth at 11:30 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

Empire puts across why Phoenix may have quit quite well. It should also be noted he's never watched any of his films. I wish him luck with his singing career as his voice was quite good in Walk the Line, but I hope one day he'll return to acting. More

Posted by doctorolorinbats1975 at 11:25 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE:
Well first the great news about Preacher finally getting somewhere and now this talk about a mixed news morning. One of the best actors out there is now going to be a focus on music, well good luck to him anyway. More

Posted by matthewforan at 10:59 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

O_O *is speechless* More

Posted by nclowe at 10:53 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

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