9 Things I Love About Joaquin Phoenix

Without question Joaquin Phoenix is my favourite current Hollywood actor. Despite only learning how to pronounce his first name three years ago when a camper with the same name at Camp America corrected me (yes, I was saying Joe-a-quinn and he was maybe 9-years-old, so cringey) and watching him in 6 films (which are Gladiator (2000), Hotel Rwanda (2004), Walk The Line (2005), The Master (2012), Her (2013) and Inherent Vice (2014)) out of roughly 30 films. So that’s not really that big a percentage, but to me no one beats Phoenix. And here’s a few reasons why that is…

1. He got the Johnny Cash lip curl down pat. In fact, he got the whole character BANG ON

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© 20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd

2. He made everyone believe he was genuinely becoming a hip hop artist like the I-don’t-give-a-damn pro he is

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© Screen Live Entertainment

3. He’s been vegan for the vast majority of his life and supports many animal charities, my hats off to you!

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4. Despite being in mainstream Hollywood films, he’s still basically an elusive outsider

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© 2013 – Untitled Rick Howard Company LLC

5. A fantastic character actor, leading man, and all round spectacular performer

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© 2007 – Universal Studios

6. But he doesn’t like appealing to a wider audience and prefers to appeal on a greater level to a smaller group of people

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© 1999 Global Entertainment Productions GmbH & Co. Medien KG and SPE German Finance Co. Inc.

7. He is the only reason I would consider watching Gladiator ever, ever again

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© 2000 – Dreamworks LLC & Universal Pictures

8. He’s honest with how he feels about award shows and you know you can believe him because, you know, he’s Joaquin Phoenix

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© 2014 Getty Images

9. …And he’s easy on the eyes…

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© 2014 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Just kidding! Most of the time, he actually is…

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© 2004 Touchstone Pictures

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3 thoughts on “9 Things I Love About Joaquin Phoenix

  • July 18, 2015 at 11:45 pm
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    lol at #9
    Great list! His performance as Johnny Cash is one of his best. And, I’ll never forget I’m Still Here. I only watched the first 15 minutes and it was beyond memorable.

    • July 20, 2015 at 9:15 pm
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      I can never get over Johnny Cash, I just love it so much! I haven’t seen I’m Still Here but oh man I need to!

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