Entries in Joaquin Phoenix (4)


PETA: ABC Won't Air New Ad Starring Joaquin Phoenix During Oscars

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- A new ad from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is a little too fishy, as far as ABC is concerned.

PETA tells E! News the network has opted not to air its anti-fishing commercial, featuring Joaquin Phoenix submerged in water, during the Oscars telecast because it was deemed too "political" and "controversial."

In the clip, which was posted online Wednesday by PETA as part of a "go vegan" campaign, Phoenix is seen underwater, eventually panicking and flailing around.

His voiceover states, "In water, humans drown just as fish suffocate on land.  It's slow and painful and frightening.  And we do it to more than one trillion fish every year.  Put yourself in their place.  Try to relate."

PETA says ABC will instead air the ad during Jimmy Kimmel's post-Oscars special.

Phoenix is nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in The Master

ABC will air the ceremony live on Feb. 24.

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Joaquin Phoenix Denies Involvement in Late Brother River’s Final Film

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Following reports of a movie featuring the late actor River Phoenix being finalized, his family -- including his brother Joaquin Phoenix -- has denied any involvement, reports Deadline Hollywood.

River died of a drug-related heart attack at the age of 23 in front of the Viper Room in West Hollywood in 1993 at the time he was shooting the film Dark Blood.  Director George Sluizer said this week he was re-editing the footage for a release next year and would complete the story using a voice-over from Joaquin.

A spokesperson for the actor's family said, “Despite George Sluizer’s claim that he had been communicating with River Phoenix’s family in regard to releasing River’s last film, Joaquin Phoenix and his family have not been in communication with the director nor will they participate in any way.”

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Joaquin Phoenix "Wanted Out" of Mockumentary

Photo Courtesy - Magnolia Pictures(GLENDALE, Calif.) -- Oscar nominated actor Joaquin Phoenix tells Extra there were times he "wanted out" of the mockumentary I'm Still Here. The star raised more than a few eyebrows with the project, in which he purported to have quit acting to pursue a rap career.  Phoenix tells Extra, "At some point, it became such a public spectacle...To be frank, we were kind of hostage to the process. There were times...where I wanted out. Even on a conventional film I'm done after four months. But this went on and on."  I'm Still Here is directed by Casey Affleck.

The phony career switch included disastrous performances and a now-infamous interview on The Late Show with David Letterman, in which a bearded Phoenix mumbled his way through an almost incoherent chat segment.  Phoenix appeared on Letterman's show last week to discuss his earlier appearance.  He tells Extra he wanted to reveal the documentary as a hoax on Late Show to prove "I wasn't on the show to make a fool of him." Says Phoenix, "In this film, I think the only person who comes off as a real jerk is me."

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Joaquin Phoenix Apologizes to Letterman

Image Courtesy: ABC News.(NEW YORK) -- It was all a joke. Appearing on the CBS' Late Show Wednesday night, actor Joaquin Phoenix finally admitted to David Letterman that his infamous appearance nearly a year and a half ago -- in which Phoenix sported an overgrown beard, dark glasses and mumbled his way though the segment -- was a hoax. "I was looking for a beat down, and I got one," Phoenix told Letterman. "I want to thank you for that.” Letterman and Phoenix both denied that the late-night host was in on the act. "I think that you’ve interviewed many, many people and I assumed that you would know the difference between a character and a real person," said the clean-shaven actor. "I hope I didn’t offend you in any way." Phoenix pretended to retire from acting and become a rapper for his documentary 'I'm Still Here.'

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