Joaquin Phoenix’s ‘retirement’ explained: Surprise, it’s drugs

November 3rd, 2008 // 77 Comments

Joaquin Phoenix announced last week he’s retiring from acting to pursue a career in music. Sometime between that announcement and Saturday’s premiere of Che, where Joaquin arrived with the letters “Bye!” and “Good” written on his knuckles (above), the actor showed up to a reading blitzed as hell, according to Page Six:

The two-time Oscar nominee (“Walk the Line” and “Gladiator”) showed up to a tribute to Paul Newman last week in San Francisco and “was out of it,” said one attendee. Other actors were performing scenes and readings, but Phoenix just got up and walked out. “He wobbled back in a bit later, but it was odd,” said our source. “He was slurring his words and was unsteady on his feet.”

Joaquin’s rep says “He’s fine. He just wants to focus on music.” Which is Hollywood talk for “He’s buck naked riding my kids’ Power Wheels down to the 7-11 for smokes because apparently he’s Robert Downey Jr. now.”

Photos: WENN
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  1. mimi

    DON’T BE FIRST!

  2. Gee…the same thing just happened to someone I know..

  3. hudy

    I’ve seen his profile on the fitness & celebrity dating club ^^^^^^FitnessKiss. C O M^^ ^^^^ for hot singles to hook up for Hot Love and Sexy Dating.

  4. hudy

    I’ve seen his profile on the fitness & celebrity dating club ^^^^^^FitnessKiss. C O M^^ ^^^^ for hot singles to hook up for Hot Love and Sexy Dating.

  5. Sasha

    Is that his gf? Wow, she actually appears to be at a healthy weight. He usually dates 6’0, size 0 Holocaust-victim-looking ladies.

  6. Heriony

    #3 & #4: Fuck off.

  7. Hey “Hudy” the J key is right next to the H..

  8. pete

    “she actually appears to be at a healthy weight”

    Is that with or without the penis “she” is packing?

  9. WTF Fish dude!!! There must be tons go great pic form the Halloween weekend and all we get this morning is these two assholes? get off your ass and get us the good stuff!!

  10. Sasha

    Oh yeah, and he is definitely on drugs. You can always tell the druggies in Hollywood by those Ray-Ban’s they wear that are unflattering to every single face shape. You have to be high to think they look good.

  11. Sid

    He seemed so normal before.

  12. rustingrabbit

    Woah he got fat…I was wondering where he went. And now he’s going to be gone again.

  13. JM

    Yeah, it’s the Ray-Bans that give him away. It certainly isn’t the whole writing phrases backwards on his fingers thing. Nor could it be the “I haven’t showered in 3 weeks” look he’s sporting. Sad to say, but he’s really starting to look like Heath Ledger. I would hate to see the world lose another tremendous talent to this crap.

  14. veggi

    “he’s really starting to look like Heath Ledger”

    I disagree. There’s no visible sign that Joaquin takes it in the ass.

  15. Hey jimbo? you took that jack ass costume off buddy?

  16. leftysmoke

    This guy is the epitome of the Hollywood druggie cliché. His look, his attitude, his antics, everything. Way to Joaquin, you are just too cool for school man. Congrats!

  17. leftysmoke

    By the way, the girl he is pictured with isn’t his gf. It’s his co-star in his “last” movie lol.

  18. Moksha

    Drugs are a personal experience that some hard-headed people need in order to learn some very important life lessons, ie: Humility. The fact of one’s own mortality. REALLY learning about other humans. And finally after degradation and loss and sickness and sorrow, to choose LIFE and go on with what you’ve learned. So, do what you will Joaquin, we’ll see who you are and so will you.

  19. Sport

    What a fuckup. The dude keeps getting chances and great roles (and nails them) yet cant keep his personal life together?

    You fucking idiot – how tough is it to be a millionaire living on the beach in SoCal?
    Read a book, take up golf, travle or something asshole.

  20. not.me

    CARES? WHO

  21. Maybe he just misses his brother..

    OR maybe he’s been POSSESSED by River!!!!!

  22. BethieD

    @ 20
    Actors sort of have to be emotionally imbalanced in order to do what they do – especially to do it well. To drudge up emotions the way Joaquin can, there has to be some kind of “artistic” temperament, moodiness, emo-ness . . . I’d imagine it has to be hard to know who you are when intense roles put you through the gamut of gut-wrenching emotion.
    Not justifying it, actors are lame, self-indulgent, whiny people. Look at Duchovny.

  23. BethieD

    @ 20
    Actors sort of have to be emotionally imbalanced in order to do what they do – especially to do it well. To drudge up emotions the way Joaquin can, there has to be some kind of “artistic” temperament, moodiness, emo-ness . . . I’d imagine it has to be hard to know who you are when intense roles put you through the gamut of gut-wrenching emotion.
    Not justifying it, actors are lame, self-indulgent, whiny people. Look at Duchovny.

  24. BethieD

    Fuck, Fish, the server just froze.

  25. ¡poo? ??q

    ¡?o?q ?o ??q ?u????? ?u????? p?dn?s no? ?x?u ??,no? pu? ????p o? ???s??? p????oo? ????? ¡u?nb?o? poo? ??q

  26. havoc

    Must run in the family….

    .

  27. Mugato

    I guess his brother dying in fron of the Viper Room wasn’t enough for Joaquin to be turned off drugs.

  28. Dr. Phil

    Actually actors simply lack a strong sense of identity. They lose themselves in whatever role they’re doing, at least if they’re any good. Some “movie stars” aren’t like that, for example De Niro, but most actors benefit from not having a strong real-life identity. So in most cases, the painful part is between roles, when they don’t know what to do or say or think. It’s just a bunch of melodramatic bs to say that acting roles are emotionally exhausting. If you’ve ever been on a movie set, you know that acting is excruciatingly boring most of the time, as you wait and wait and wait and wait to do your particular thing during the day’s shooting. Actors get hooked on drugs due to boredom and aimlessness between acting jobs. If they’re struggling on the set, it’s because they couldn’t quit and detox in time for the filming of their next movie.

  29. Max Planck

    Awww…and we sure are gonna miss you.

  30. dew

    It’s really tragic that two talented actors from the same family were so messed up being raised in a **creepy cult that allegedly promoted pedo-incest pervertedness**.

    I couldn’t imagine having such horrid childhood memories; it’s easy to see why they chose acting, to be someone else for extended periods of time. I guess when he’s in between movies, he’s stuck being himself, and has to resort to self-medication to escape those unfortunate memories, like his brother did.

  31. Stanky

    Typical stoned out Obama supporter.

  32. Suzzee

    Morning Good everyone!
    I am surprised anyone got a clear pic of ‘bye good’. I would have been lauging so hard I would have dropped my camera. So ya ‘bye good’

  33. @10 fuck you straight-edge

  34. River In Hades

    I always thought he was an okay actor for a functional retard. But I never understood why they would try to put a retarded person in any other role but playing a retard.

    He did an okay job when he portrayed that retarded Emporer guy back in the Roman times, although I was suprized Rome would let itself be run by a retard.

    Then he did an okay job when he played that retarded singer from the 50′s and 60′s who dressed in black and married that hick.

    But how many roles are out there that call for retarded people to play them? Not many, unless they’re gonna make “The Other Sister 2″, he could be in that….

  35. Bickus Dickus

    It looks like Heath Ledger all bloated and shit….maybe this doofus can join him.

  36. Blah

    That really sucks. He’s a great actor and one of my favorites. I hope he gets the help he needs before its too late. Damn drugs. Yeah, I know he needs to have his own will to get better too, but drugs are the fricken devil and hard to resist once you’re hooked. He’s really looking bad here, he does look like Ledger in his last days; all worn out looking & all sex appeal gone. He looks like a 65 year old man. sigh.

  37. Molly

    YOU’LL NEVER BE RIVER, JOAQUIN. STOP TRYING.

  38. the man in black

    and you ain’t no goddamn Johnny Cash either…..

  39. chelle

    OMG, it’s too funny that he has the “good” and the “bye” backwards on his knuckles…hahahahahahahahahahaaaa…..

    That must make him almost as smart as Jamie Lynn Spears and Hannah Montana’s boyfriend.

  40. STFU Phoenix

    People say this is about River. Please. They are vegans, vegans don’t really care about each other. They’re pod people.

    This all started because he played Johnny Cash in a film. Look at his performances before that, like in Gladiator or Quills — he used to speak in a snivelly, high-pitched voice and quiver a lot, that was his acting style. It was really contrived. Then when he did Walk the Line his new shtick became “haunted by River.” It sold tickets for a while. Now that is getting old and he’s getting pissy that no one’s seeing his films so he’s decided “Heck, maybe I’ll really self-destruct.” But it’s still lame.

    STFU Phoenix. Don’t rise from the ashes.

  41. Chauncey Gardner

    #40,

    Yeah, that’s pretty fucking funny. They would have come out correctly if he was left-handed.

  42. NY Ted

    Hey…leave Joaqy alone…if a heroin over-dose was good enough for his brother River…then by damn…it is good enough for Joaqy!

  43. Chauncey Gardner

    You know, there is probably a much closer likeness now that River’s corpse has had lots of time to ripen – but, when you look at live pictures of the Phoenix boys next to one another, there is absolutely no resemblance. None at all. Are they brothers-from-different-mothers? Was one adopted? How else can you explain the dead one’s prettiness and the live one’s hare-lipped butt-ugliness?

  44. Amy

    Who???

    Who the fuck is that ugly, crusty old bastard???

  45. max

    Yea, who is the lame, dumb, illiterate, fuckstain? Another Hollywood douchebag I presume.

  46. Jenna

    He’s a gay porn star; takes it in the ass on film for money.

  47. Deb

    He wouldn’t get caught dead with a woman. And likewise; what self respecting woman would be seen with that filthy retard?

  48. tish

    Looks like a homeless bum.

  49. mimi

    Probably smells foul.

    Pray for Joaquin! He needs it!

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