Joaquin Phoenix Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets

15th June 2015

Fact: Actress Katherine Waterston, who bared all as Joaquin Phoenix's hippie lover in INHERENT VICE, has landed the coveted female lead in Harry Potter spin-off film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The 35-year-old daughter of actor Sam Waterston will play the witch Tina opposite Eddie Redmayne's Newt Scamander in the film, according to Variety.

9th January 2015

Quote: "I think she's very attractive... She's having a party and I'm gonna go and I'm nervous about seeing her and I really don't know what to say." Joaquin Phoenix has a crush on Sunday's (11Jan15) Golden Globes co-host Amy Poehler.

6th January 2015

Quote: "Everybody lies on talk shows... I wanted the audience to like me. And they always like you when you get engaged. Everyone applauds." Joaquin Phoenix explains why he lied about asking his yoga teacher to marry him during a recent appearance on America's The Late Show With David Letterman.

13th November 2014

Quote: "A couple of times in my 20s, when I was dating an actress... they were curious. Now they mostly take pictures in the hopes that I'll get hit by a car or trip or somebody will throw something at me." Joaquin Phoenix insists his relationship with the paparazzi has changed over the years.

12th November 2014

Quote: "When people bring up Children of God, there's always something vaguely accusatory about it... I think my parents thought they'd found a community that shared their ideals. Cults rarely advertise themselves as such... but I think the moment my parents realised there was something more to it, they got out." Actor Joaquin Phoenix on his childhood links to the controversial cult.

26th July 2014

Fact: Joaquin Phoenix has become the frontrunner to land the title role in Marvel Studios' Doctor Strange. The Walk The Line star is in negotiations to play the Sorcerer Supreme, who first appeared in comic books over five decades ago. Benedict Cumberbatch was previously linked to the role.

9th January 2014

Quote: "I did once meet him several years ago in a restaurant and he had ballpoint pen written all over his hands and face, I remember, and I think he was wearing a suit and tie... He's not like that anymore; he's much more of a grandma. I wish I knew him then!" Actress Scarlett Johansson was surprised at how down to earth her Her co-star Joaquin Phoenix was after previously bumping into him during his more eccentric period.

12th December 2013

Quote: "I don't want to smoke, but it's hard to stop... I need a partner, I need someone to quit with... I've said (I'll quit on) New Years for, like, 15 years... I still think it's not going to work." Actor Joaquin Phoenix is desperate to kick his smoking habit.

7th April 2013

Fact: Reese Witherspoon's former leading men Robert Pattinson, Vince Vaughn and Joaquin Phoenix joined forces for a boys' night out in Los Angeles on Friday (05Apr13). The unlikely pals, who have all starred opposite the actress in recent years, were snapped leaving the Larchmont Restaurant with a few other friends after enjoying dinner together.

25th February 2013

Fact: A Tv commercial for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) featuring a drowning Joaquin Phoenix was aired on U.S. Tv directly after the Oscars on Sunday night (24Feb13). The ad, in which the actor is shown panicking and struggling to breathe underwater to highlight the horror of a fish's death, was banned from broadcast during the telecast, but it did appear during comedian Jimmy Kimmel's post-Oscars Tv special. The commercial was filmed as part of a campaign to prompt more meat-eaters to go vegetarian.

10th January 2013

Quote: "I am uncomfortably honored!" Eccentric film star Joaquin Phoenix doesn't quite know what to make of his BAFTA Leading Actor nomination for his role in The Master.

2nd September 2012

Fact: Eccentric actor Joaquin Phoenix was booed at the Venice Film Festival in Italy on Saturday (01Sep12) when he initially refused to pose for photographs at the premiere of his new film The Master. He later reconsidered and posed for shots with the movie's producer Harvey Weinstein.

27th September 2010

Quote: "We were trying to make a film. A prank sounds like we were just doing it for, like, our own kicks... We wanted it to be as authentic as possible and so we were maybe a little deceitful... You do that all the time in movies in some ways." Joaquin Phoenix comes clean about his quirky new documentary I'm Still Here.

15th September 2010

Quote: "Well, I'm not the best person to ask. All I can say is, I think it's spectacular and says something really relevant about celebrity." Ben Affleck declines to comment on speculation his brother CASEY's documentary film I'M STILL HERE, about pal Joaquin Phoenix's bid to quit acting and become a rap star, is one big spoof.

6th August 2010

Fact: Joaquin Phoenix's oddball new documentary I'm Still Here features a scene in which a rival defecates on the actor while he's asleep. The film was shot by the star's brother-in-law, Casey Affleck.

22nd May 2009

Quote: "I once asked him if he'd ever studied. 'No, I've never studied Jim, I do what I have to do,' Joaquin replied. Then one day I noticed he had his script all marked up in a way that somebody who has craft would do. Later I heard he had been working with De Niro's coach. Oh yeah, he's never studied nothing, right!" Director James Gray wasn't fooled by Joaquin Phoenix.

31st March 2009

Quote: "I'd find GWYNETH sitting in a car with headphones on, her eyes closed, almost meditative. JOAQUIN would be sitting there in his brown jacket with tears in his eyes. I'd say, 'What's the matter?' and he'd say, 'Nothing - I'm preparing for the day.'" TWO LOVERS director James Gray on his serious stars Gwyneth Paltrow and Joaquin Phoenix.

25th February 2009

Quote: "We're gonna show up dressed as Joaquin Phoenix." Joe Jonas jokes about turning up to screenings of their new 3-D concert movie in America this weekend (27-29Feb09) in costume.

12th February 2009

Quote: "I can see how people might think it is shocking. But by saying my life is a joke or the thing that I love is a joke, well, that bothers me." Joaquin Phoenix is hurt by recent speculation about his rap career.

10th February 2009

Quote: "I'm not going with a look. Part of it is in some ways, it's very hard, especially when you're talking about music, to get away from Johnny Cash. In some ways, I'm aware that I need to kind of, I need to alter that persona. I need to alter my public persona in some ways so that people are going to be open to receiving me for what it is that I'm doing now..." Joaquin Phoenix is growing his beard to distance himself from his role as the late country legend in Oscar-winning film Walk the Line as he embarks on a rap career.

9th February 2009

Quote: "Were working in the studioHes for real." Music mogul Diddy insists Joaquin Phoenix's bid to become a rap star is no joke.

9th February 2009

Quote: "I have 10 songs and three of them, I think are really good. The others are pretty c**p but we're working on them." Actor-turned-rapper Joaquin Phoenix on his music career.

4th February 2009

Quote: "It stops people from saying, 'Johnny Cash!' Now, they just say, 'Grizzly Adams!'" Actor-turned-rapper Joaquin Phoenix explains his new dishevelled look and bushy beard.

3rd November 2008

Quote: "I think it's just moving on. It's rediscovering something else. It's like greener pastures, you know what I mean? And so, I'm just going to try and like, I'll just be doing the other thing. …Hopefully, I will emotionally impact you with that, as well." Retiring actor Joaquin Phoenix hopes his music career will be as successful as his stint in Hollywood.

4th March 2008

Quote: "Holy f**king s**t, THE Charlatans record is mega. A real beauty. I can't wait to see it live." Walk the Line star Joaquin Phoenix is pleased the British band is letting fans download its new album YOU CROSS MY PATH for free from London radio station XFM's website.

11th January 2008

Fact: Actor Joaquin Phoenix showed his support for the Hollywood writers strike when he gave his acceptance speech at Tuesday's (08Jan08) People's Choice Awards using cue cards to deliver his message - but he appeared to have spelled his own name wrongly, with the cards reading 'Joaqin'.

9th December 2007

Quote: "I got asked to sign a form saying I didn't like people battering seals, so I did and suddenly I'm part of some organisation. But I'm not a member of anything." Actor Joaquin Phoenix denies he has become an animal rights activist.

7th December 2007

Quote: "It doesn't really change your life. I always imagined that people went to the Golden Globes and the Oscars and they touched that thing, the Oscar, and then partied for four days. The truth is that you go home, take off your suit and everything is exactly the same as it was before." Walk the Line star Joaquin Phoenix on being nominated for an Academy Award.

4th December 2007

Quote: "I've been doing it forever, and I still don't know what's right and what's not. I'm constantly putting my foot in my mouth." Actor Joaquin Phoenix admits he is not as well-practiced in press interviews as he should be after 21 years in the movie industry.

4th December 2007

Quote: "He has a complete solidity with the character. He cannot be swayed. You cannot get him out of character. I've never seen anything like it. It's amazing." Joaquin Phoenix on his WE OWN THE NIGHT co-star ROBERT DUVALL.

22nd November 2007

Quote: "As I recall, MICHELANGELO was not particularly social. I don't think John Lennon was particularly social either." Joaquin Phoenix has no plans to start networking more in Hollywood.

14th November 2007

Quote: "Slightly overweight, boring, no humour, supreme intelligence and extremely small breasts." Actor Joaquin Phoenix jokingly describes his type.

18th October 2007

Quote: "Moody or broody? I don't know. It's hard to be self-analytical. I have no idea how people perceive me." Actor Joaquin Phoenix contemplates his reputation.

13th October 2007

Quote: "I sometimes prefer to be nude. It makes more sense than having racy lingerie. I found it more beautiful to be nude and natural and less cheesy and less vulgar." Sexy Latina Eva Mendes on her revealing sex scene with Joaquin Phoenix in new movie WE OWN THE NIGHT.

10th September 2007

Fact: Actor Joaquin Phoenix is teaming up with director James Gray for a third time on new movie TWO LOVERS. The pair previously worked on The Yards and WE OWN THE NIGHT.

12th July 2007

Quote: "I was cringing the entire time we were shooting it." Eva Mendes on filming love scenes with Joaquin Phoenix in new movie WE OWN THE NIGHT.

7th June 2007

Quote: "It's kind of like working with a puppy dog or a two-year-old. When you have its attention, it's really cute, but otherwise..." Eva Mendes describes working with Joaquin Phoenix on new movie We Own The Night.

13th July 2006

Fact: Celebrities including Salma Hayek, Joaquin Phoenix, Mariah Carey and Nick Lachey are to show off their painting skills when they help decorate a series of life-size Labrador dog statues to be displayed around Aspen, Colorado. As well as promoting the Aspen Filmfest, the auction of the exhibits will fund the festival's youth education programme.

11th January 2006

Quote: <p>"I don't believe in love at first sight. But I do believe in lust at first sight. To really love someone means that you have to get to know her character. You can't do that on a first date. But when I meet a woman, I know immediately if I desire her. Because that's just physical." Joaquin Phoenix is looking for Ms Right. </p>

22nd November 2005

Quote: <p>"I didn't play a lick, so I immediately bought one and got a friend over that day and got down a D chord, G chord, and E minor for REM's EVERYBODY HURTS - that was the first song I learned." Joaquin Phoenix, who studied the guitar three hours a day for three months to master the instrument for his role as Johnny Cash in biopic Walk the Line. </p>

22nd November 2005

Quote: <p>"I didn't play a lick, so I immediately bought one and got a friend over that day and got down a D chord, G chord, and E minor for REM's EVERYBODY HURTS - that was the first song I learned." Joaquin Phoenix, who studied the guitar three hours a day for three months to master the instrument for his role as Johnny Cash in biopic Walk the Line. </p>

17th November 2005

Quote: <p>"When I drank it was the Olympics and I was the star gymnast, no matter where I was, so I just decided I probably shouldn't do that anymore." GLADIATOR star Joaquin Phoenix on his decision to check into rehab for a spiralling alcohol problem. The actor has been sober for eight months. </p>

17th November 2005

Fact: <p>ROGER LOVE, the voice coach who trained Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon for new movie Walk the Line, also helped EARTH, WIND + FIRE, THE JACKSON 5 and THE Beach Boys hit the high notes. </p>

28th September 2005

Quote: <p>"Maybe my being wealthy had something to do with it, but, for me, rehab was a country club where I played bridge." Actor Joaquin Phoenix recalls his recent rehab stint with fondness. </p>

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