Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Phoe-nixed



I stand corrected: Today is the greatest day in the history of everything.

The Huffington Post: Joaquin Phoenix Says He's Quitting Acting/10.29.08

17 comments:

Juan said...

I'm curious -- is it because you dislike him as an actor or as an individual, or both?

Chez said...

He's not an awful actor, he's just kind of a douche and there was always someone who could've played whatever role he was in better than he did.

Plus I'm still a firm believer that his best performance was yelling "You must come now!" to the 911 operator the night his brother died on a Sunset Strip sidewalk.

Yeah, I know -- going to hell.

Captain Babypants said...

And to work on his music no less. Hello there, Pretentious Ass Stereotype Man.

carly said...

well that was uncalled for chez, lol. as for him not acting anymore, i think that's kind of sad seeing that history proves most actors really should never ever ever ever quit their day jobs (see: Willis, Bruce and Crowe, Russell).

slouchmonkey said...

Now if we can get the other "most self indulgent" actor, Giovani Ribisi, to quit as well, it'll be aces all around.

Anonymous said...

Isn't it more accurate to say he has quit appearing in movies, as opposed to 'acting.'

How long is the over under on this lasting? Eventually everyone runs out of coke money. Straight to TV Gladiator Prequel anyone?

Steve Saunders said...

Huh.

I think I'd forgotten about him... I mean, I don't hate his acting or anything. And I know little of how he is in person or whatever.

But "quitting acting"? Right. Stop, er, the presses folks, Johna--Joe-- that other Phoenix dude is out of the game.

What's going on in the world of cricket?



Okay, I'll admit to wondering why people think he's a Jared Leto-esque douche! I'm only human. ALRIGHT?

carly said...

not people, guys. guys think he is a "jared leto-esque douche". women actually think he's pretty sexy with that whole tortured soul thing he has going for him...
i know i do.

Aaron X said...

Phoenix never could act his way out of a paper bag, the guy is a joke, a one note song. The only thing he knows how to do is teen angst, and he doesn't even do that very well.

It was a travesty and an insult to let this squalling infantile punk play a giant like Johnny Cash. That movie tarnished the image of The Man in Black permanently. It sickens me to think that generations to come will have their first impression of Cash debased and soiled by that terrible movie and this asshole. The weaselly little wishy-washy worm never should've gotten an acting job beyond community theater and even there you never should've gotten a leading role.

Fuck you Joaquin, you whiny little pussy.

Hey Chez have you seen the TV show Crash? It's really really awful. :-)

Steve Saunders said...

@Carly: Ah, okay. Yeah, I seem to notice guys tend to hate on him more. His acting never really bothered me, honestly, and I loved him in Gladiator (an excellent fantasy film).

But I think Gladiator is all I can think of off hand that he's been in-- Oh wait, I liked him in Buffalo Soldiers, too.

Sorry, Chez (and other guys out there). I don't mean to let you down.

Stephen said...

If he makes a comeback he can change his name back to Leaf.

Space Camp rules.

Jeremy said...

My most (only) memorable Joaquin Phoenix moment was actually a story about Joaquin that Rufus Wainwright told at a concert in Columbus, Ohio. Apparently he and Joaquin were hanging out drunk one night when Rufus offered to play a song for him that he had written for Phoenix and JP got all maudlin on RW and ended up leaving him alone with his piano and his booze. Rufus ended the story by blowing JP off with a "But whatever... River would have fucked me."
Hehehe, such a good show. Rufus is such a diva.

Anonymous said...

I disagree. I think he's a fine actor. I hated hearing this news.

OleJose said...

Rufus Wainwright is proof that connections matter more than talent in the music business.

Jeremy said...

Can't argue with that Olejose. I know a lot more talented singers and songwriters who are struggling. In the music business and elsewhere, knowing the right people and having affluent parents definitely gives you a leg up.
That said, Rufus is a great performer, and a better than average songwriter.
(Interestingly, much as I love his dad's stuff, especially White Winos, a great song, he's also an example of one of those songwriters whose early work is so-so and probably only got his contacts because of his dad's fame as a writer. The whole family is a study in business connections.)

Stephen said...

I have to say it again. Leaf.

The guy is a horrible actor. 40 years ago he wouldn't even have gotten a part in a Russ Meyer film.

One can only imagine what his "tortured soul" will bring to the world of music. I can't wait to hear/see his first listening post on this blog.

Amanda said...

I will admit that I think he did take the whole Johnny Cash embodiment a bit seriously. He was dressed totally in black at the Oscars and didn't even crack a smile when Jon Stewart took a jab at Walk the Line (Ray with white people). I would pay to have Jon Stewart take the piss out of me!

I thought he'd been in rehab this whole time. I feel for him. No one should have to watch their older brother die. And I thought he was a superbly creepy baddie in Gladiator.