GLAMOUR Translated by Laura, thanks :)
From everything that has been said about him, Joaquin Phoenix, 25, would rather be anywhere under the sun than here volunteering information to us.
Joaquin has this dark, easily threatening outer look, strengthened still by a scar on the upper lip,
which was a small birth defect. It seems to cut a menace into his face, if a person did not
see this already. Still, it did not go against his role in Gladiator: as the brutal, cowardly Commodus.
Joaquin Phoenix, however, gave something more to this figure: a tormented soul, perhaps, longing for
love, and, physically, just a young boy who could have been saved. This was a grand achievement.
It brought in not only an Oscar nomination, the greatest prize for the acting generation, but also rave
reviews from critics. The public women loved the charm he brought to the role. Confusion curls from
the face, and he laughs and says “ It’s just such a cool job!”. One should not believe however that he
means its money, fame or fast cars. Such things rather irritate him. He treats his work
and works with great actresses such as Claire Danes.
fact becomes clear very quickly: This man is not coincidentally one the
best ones young actors in Hollywood. He lives and breathes his job, and
this will become clear in the coming months. There will be a huge
impact, with three movies coming to theatres very soon. In the middle of
September comes ‘Signs’., the new Mystery Thriller of M. Night
Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense). There, Joaquin helps to investigate, as a
younger brother of Mel Gibson, uncanny grain circle phenomena. At the
end of October brings Buffalo Soldiers, the first film in which he takes
the lead. It plays an American G.I., who is briefly stationed in
Stuttgart. A savage, beautiful film. The troop drinks, takes drugs,
steals weapons and drive their tanks whilst under the influence. All are
so broad that they can barely differentiate the West from East Germany.
and Joaquin uses the all-common insanity, in order to entice the
daughter of the set forward officer. In November, we see the
aforementioned Claire Danes. In ‘Its all About Love’, the two act
together in this Thomas Vinterberg celebration.
could say, then, that Joaquin Phoenix has finally arrived: in the
company of wonderful actors, in the consciousness of the public, on the
height of his possibilities. The strange thing is that certain stories
of his had already been told, as a kind of dark Phoenix Legend. He had
to fight. He does not speak about it, about that terrible Halloween
night a few years ago, when he himself had to call for an ambulance, as
his famous brother River lay dying outside of the Viper Room, poisoned
by a deadly drug cocktail. He does not speak of his brother any more.
Although they were both actors, River was the blonder one. It was he who
got the roles, although there were five Phoenix children, with their
pretty Hippie names. River, Rain, Liberty, Summer and Joaquin, who as
three-year one renamed himself Leaf.
kids had the same Agent. The clan held together closely, yet River came
before Joaquin and the comparisons continue. Joaquin does not understand
understands his reservations better if you do compares him
with River. River gladly played the harmless roles in movies, Joaquin
the rebel: Because the offers he received in his teenage years did not
please him, he made the conclusion to play about at the age of fifteen,
to find himself. Only years after Rivers death, in 1995, was he
acknowledged: as the young killer in To Die For, starring Nicole Kidman.
embodies the crazy desire for love and affection, the vulnerabilty which
has propelled so many actors, perfectly in its roles, yet he does not
suffer the same problem in his personal life. The most beautiful women,
like Liv Tyler, with whom he was together for a long time, purged his
one asks him why there is an obsession with the Phoenix folklore, he
laughs and shakes his head. Hippie parents, they gave him Tofu Burger
instead of Big Macs, the parents missionaries for a cult in Venezuela.
They travelled South America. The kids sang to earn money, almost like
the Kelly Family. “Yes, it is true. Everything. But it was also
completely normal. We didn’t know any different. It was only when I
was interviewed by journalists that I realised my childhood was
special”, Joaquin says.
is still Vegan, wears no leather, as were his brothers and sisters. He
also got used to another annoying story - this thing about his
director James Gray wanted him for the role of his character’s best
“Yes, also that is true”. Once, before a dramatic scene , Joaquin slammed his head against the wall. “I am considered a crazy headbanger”, he says. The truth is that has a thousand cheats in order to prepare for a scene.
truth is also, one suspects it, rather clear: This Phoenix is the type
to take his work seriously, and wants to convey his roles less simply
than the actually are. With more depth.
And his personality is a pleasant one: a complex, exciting personality. At least as excitingly as his roles