The Tragic Real-Life Story Of Joaquin Phoenix


The brilliance that award-winning actor Joaquin
Phoenix displays on camera is unparalleled, but his private life is far less glamorous. Even the best screenwriters couldn’t capture
the hardships and devastation the actor has lived through. This is his tragic real-life story. “Think what you think about me, hate me or
like me, just don’t misunderstand me.” Growing up Phoenix After spending his formative years in a cult,
along with his family, Details reported Joaquin’s parents struggled to provide for their five
children once they left the sect and moved to LA. Phoenix remembered a time when they lived
in a one bedroom apartment that didn’t allow kids. When the owner would stop by, he and his siblings
would have to hide behind a laundry machine for hours. He told Esquire, “I don’t forget that. It’s f—ing crazy to me. I’m just really, really fortunate. Luck. That’s what it is.” He calls it luck, but some might say his hard
work paid off. In 2006, he purchased a $4.8 million pad in
the Hollywood Hills. And in 2013, he plopped down another $1.3
million to purchase his neighbor’s house. Not bad for a guy who once shared a one-bedroom
apartment with his entire family. A tragic loss It was Joaquin’s eldest brother, River, who
emerged as the breakout star of the family. River made a name for himself after appearing
in 1986’s Stand by Me and 1991’s My Own Private Idaho. “I’d like to go someplace where nobody knows
me.” It seemed River would seamlessly transition
from child star into more mature roles, but before he could realize his full potential,
he died of a drug overdose outside of Hollywood’s Viper Room in 1993. He was just 23 years old. Grief-stricken, Joaquin took a two-year break
from acting, per the Independent. But despite putting on a brave face in the
press, some suspect the loss of his brother damaged Joaquin more than he would admit. Rumors of a meltdown When Phoenix was cast in 2005’s Walk the Line,
fans anticipated it would be the most successful role of his entire career. “Hello, I’m Johnny Cash.” The movie required Phoenix to channel the
troubled musician, who battled drug and alcohol abuse. Many suspected that River’s death may have
haunted him during a scene depicting the death of Cash’s own brother, but Phoenix denied
reports of an on-set meltdown, telling Newsweek, “You know, the press has kind of imposed upon
me the title of Mourning Brother… and all this s— that’s just not there. I don’t need to pull from my experience for
a character.” But there were other signs pointing to a downward
spiral. “What’s with the black?” “Looks like you’re going to a funeral.” “Maybe I am.” Spending time in rehab It wasn’t until after shooting wrapped, that
Phoenix realized he had a problem. He told Time Out magazine, “It was then that I became aware of my drinking… I was leaning on alcohol to make me feel okay.” He checked into a rehab facility in 2005,
and following his stay, began attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. According to the New York Times, he later
called the network, “… the best thing I ever did.” His filming process “I can’t write, I can’t breathe, couldn’t
remember the reason for living, and when I did it wasn’t convincing.” With a decades-long career in the film and
television industry, you’d think Phoenix would be as cool as a cucumber in front of the cameras. But he told Interview magazine that he suffers
from “incredible anxiety” claiming, “They have to put f—ing pads in my armpits
because I sweat so much… For the first three weeks of shooting, I’m
just sweating. It’s pure anxiety, and I love it.” His own worst critic Phoenix has starred in some incredible films,
including Gladiator, The Master, and Two Lovers. He even snagged a 2006 Golden Globe for Walk
the Line and a 2017 Cannes Film Festival best actor award for You Were Never Really Here. His reputation as a critically-acclaimed actor
is well-deserved, but there’s one person who’s not exactly a fan of his work, and that’s
Phoenix himself. “You said, ‘I hate the last movie I do so
much that I feel that my next job is gonna right a lot of wrongs.'” “I think I did say that.” Phoenix told The New York Times, “I don’t watch myself… I can be really affected by things like, ‘Do
I look good?’ ‘Do I look bad?’ I want it to be what I’m feeling as opposed
to something outside the experience.” Lonely at the top Being a superstar who’s surrounded by fame,
fans, and the media sounds like a life to be envied, but looks can be deceiving. Phoenix has talked about the dangers of being
in the spotlight and just how isolating a career as an actor can truly be. After wrapping Walk The Line, he told The
Times, “It was really hard for me to leave the movie. I was angry and hurt and felt abandoned. I didn’t know what to do.” “Film is never gonna live up to the experience
that I had, that I felt.” But Phoenix may have had a good reason for
feeling an emptiness post-filming. Walk The Line director, James Mangold, told
the Times that Phoenix had completely embodied his character for the film. He remembered, “I could shoot Joaquin from the back, and
without seeing his face, you would be able to tell what he was feeling. He never impersonated Johnny Cash, he became
him.”

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. I loved Jaoquin in Signs and Gladiator. The role Joker looks like something i would sympathise with and I love rooting for the bad guy in movies I really do. Cant wait to see Joker I know he will nail this role too just like the rest.

  2. I think he is a brilliant actor, and he's so handsome. I felt sad because he did not win the Oscar for Walk the line, he did a super performance on that movie

  3. Простите если это покажется странным, но я обожаю когда он, взрослый мужчина, волнуется, трепещет от чего-то, чувствует неудобство.

  4. So many people want to be famous especially these days so many people are moving to LA for there shot as fame. Whether it's fame from music, fame from TV or movies, even fame from YouTube So many people these days crave that constant Attention/Admiration/Wealth that often comes with Fame. But what alot of people dont think about is how lonely and difficult it can be to be famous. People think just because u have lots of money, fans and fame that u must be super happy but often times thoes things can bring u down. Ur surrounded by people who use u for ur money so u constantly have to pick out who ur true friends are and who is just using u for ur fame and wealth and the perks that come with it. If ur very well known u cant just go out for a casual diner with ur family/friends/significant other or go to the grocerie store without having people take a photo/video of u or just follow u around. Or u may have a million people ask for a pic with u when ur just trying to enjoy a nice private meal with ur loved one's, And if u say no to there request then immediately ur cast online as some horrible Asshole who refuses to take photos with fans. Ur constantly under a magnifying glass, everything you say or do or wear is put online or in a magazine. If u gain some weight ur called fat or ugly, if u loose alot of weight people think u have a drug problem. If ur super well known u get no privacy, u need body guards to go out. Its a life that looks glamorous on paper but in reality it can be a real struggle. We seem to forget that celebrities are just people like u and me. There just human and there only super power is wealth and influence. Money is not the answer to everything, Fame is a blessing and a curse.

  5. When real life imitates art .sometimes it's hard to separate those two worlds especially when you walk that line to the edge and then you have to walk it back !

  6. Idk why the kardashian have more money than these kind of people who really work hard and make art. and its not about really the money…but damn he deserves as many actors to be billionaires just for acting so damn good.

  7. Both Joaquin Phoenix & Julian Assange families were in the 1970s Children of God Christian cult. Where the children were subject to cruelty including LSD drug treatment and isolation from other kids via home schooling and being locked up.

  8. No mention of the movie "We Own the Night" (with Mark Walburg) one of my faves! Check it out!

    Also, no mention of "Signs" 😳 Lol

  9. I wonder if River would've still been big..what would he think of his little brother. Both iconic actors. Love them…RIP River

  10. I think he could play an excellent Hitler. I think he could add a lot of psychological depth to the typical one dimensional generic tyrant characature that we see in films.

  11. This is kinda crazy. At minute 3:53 they show flashes of joker while saying “looks can be deceiving”. This came out before us know that he would be joker…

  12. For me, Joker was all about a psychotic mother and an abused son.

    Joaquin could play Joker because of his crazy parents.

  13. everyone in the comments are saying they’re worried about joaquin and they don’t want to lose another joker. joaquin himself said joker didn’t cause any mental stress for him. todd phillips said they laughed alot off set. joaquin is engaged to his beautiful fiancé rooney. he seems very happy and healthy to me. i understand why people are worried but he looks like he’s living pretty good to me despite everything he’s been through.

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