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Can You Still Take Joaquin Phoenix Seriously as an Actor?

What rap stint/documentary/David Letterman standoff? Even though Joaquin Phoenix once announced that he was retiring from acting, his career seems like it's still motoring on. The latest is that he's rumored to have been offered the role of Bruce Banner (aka The Hulk) in The Avengers.

Basically, this news just leaves me confused. I had always enjoyed Phoenix in films prior to his seemingly sudden bout with eccentricity, but now when I think of him, all I see is a bushy beard and dark glasses. Are we supposed to forget that all that happened and move on to thinking of him as a serious thespian again? To be honest, I don't know if I can look at him the same way anymore. Can you?

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eveday eveday 5 years
Whoa! Sorry for the rant.
eveday eveday 5 years
Whoa! Sorry for the rant.
eveday eveday 5 years
The publicity stunt was stupid, and not very original (the whole idea of a "mockumentary" isn't new, or even funny anymore) but denying that Joaquin Phoenix is one of THE BEST actors out there just because of that doesn't make much sense to me. He's an amazing actor, I remember watching Gladiator (which I thought was not that good) just because of his impeccable performance as Commodus -- I couldn't take my eyes out of him during all the scenes he was in. People in the audience, even though they're hating him to no end, would react exactly during the moments featuring him. Regarding his lack of work lately, perhaps he just doesn't want to do anything OR he's being grounded. But I don't think that will last long. He's so freaking good they (executives, producers, directors) won't let him go away. About The Avengers film, well...Joaquin Phoenix has always been my first choice to play Bruce Banner but I've loved Edward Norton as my favorite super hero too (he was my second choice anyway). I did, however, knew there would problems ahead...but the thing is: you can't fire Norton and claims he's "difficult" to work with and then hire Phoenix. Plus, for the sake of continuity, they should have kept Norton. *Pargie, not only River died when he was young but that happened right in front of him -- and it was dramatic. There's even the audio of the 911 call Joaquin made.
eveday eveday 5 years
The publicity stunt was stupid, and not very original (the whole idea of a "mockumentary" isn't new, or even funny anymore) but denying that Joaquin Phoenix is one of THE BEST actors out there just because of that doesn't make much sense to me.He's an amazing actor, I remember watching Gladiator (which I thought was not that good) just because of his impeccable performance as Commodus -- I couldn't take my eyes out of him during all the scenes he was in. People in the audience, even though they're hating him to no end, would react exactly during the moments featuring him.Regarding his lack of work lately, perhaps he just doesn't want to do anything OR he's being grounded. But I don't think that will last long. He's so freaking good they (executives, producers, directors) won't let him go away.About The Avengers film, well...Joaquin Phoenix has always been my first choice to play Bruce Banner but I've loved Edward Norton as my favorite super hero too (he was my second choice anyway). I did, however, knew there would problems ahead...but the thing is: you can't fire Norton and claims he's "difficult" to work with and then hire Phoenix. Plus, for the sake of continuity, they should have kept Norton.*Pargie, not only River died when he was young but that happened right in front of him -- and it was dramatic. There's even the audio of the 911 call Joaquin made.
pargie pargie 5 years
So he's a little crazy, aren't we all? Plus didn't he grow up in the same weird cult that Rose McGowan did? His brother died when he was young. First time I saw him was in that one Nicole Kidman movie, and I think he was pretty young there..I think he came out well considering his not so perfect childhood/past.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 5 years
Yes. Phoenix is a wonderful actor capable of bringing raw emotion to the table in order to best bring his role to life. (I am just going to forget Signs and The Village never happened. :oops: ) Personally, I believe the entire Letterman appearance & Rap Career were/are a stunt for some mock-Hollywood film; especially considering Casey Affleck was following Joaquin around to all gigs with a camera in hand. Whatever it may be, I enjoy his work and hope to see him shine again.
Angelica Angelica 5 years
Surprisingly, yes! He IS Johnny Cash for me.
bryseana bryseana 5 years
Yeah, I still consider him a great actor. Two Lovers and Walk the Line are my favorites because of him. His eccentricity doesn't bother me. At least he's not a boring, scripted type of person. He keeps it interesting. I'm glad he's coming back to acting.
lizlee89 lizlee89 5 years
I am still convinced that all those antics were publicity stunts. I figured by now they would release the "documentary" as a comedy. I don't really care either way, though...
fleurfairy fleurfairy 5 years
Of course. I just saw Gladiator again a few weeks ago and was once again in awe of how good he was in that movie. He should have won an Oscar.
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