Joaquin Phoenix, who turned heads in “Gladiator” and “Walk the Line,” says he’s had enough of the movie biz.
He wants to turn to music.
In a shocker dropped on “Extra,” the 34-year-old Phoenix said at a Paul Newman charity benefit that he plans on leaving the industry.
“I want to take this opportunity … also to give you the exclusive and just talk a little bit about the fact that this will be my last performance as an actor … I’m not doing films anymore,” he said.
Phoenix earned his first Oscar nomination as the incestuous and all-around loatheable Commadus opposite Russell Crowe in “Gladiator.” Though Phoenix didn’t win his Best Supporting Actor trophy, the film did win Best Picture.
After “Gladiator,” Phoenix went the mystery route, donning a tin-foil hat for M. Knight Shyamalan’s “Signs.”
For many, the first exposure to Phoenix on screen was as Nicole Kidman’s student lover-murderer in Gus Van Sant’s eerily twisted “To Die For.”