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. mafme

    Aww… #32 is trying soo hard! Special Olympics hug for you!

  2. Cletus

    Let’s pray that Barack Hussein does not get elected.

    If he does we can say goodbye to gun ownership rights & personal liberties.

    The only people who stand to gain are those on welfare and other public assistance. With an Obama administration people give up more in taxes in order to provide raises for the welfare recipients.

    Oh well…Next weekends gunshow will be crowded. I’ll be spending 2 or 3 thousand to beef up my arsenal. Go ahead, make my day!

  3. Cletus

    I’m not voting -for- McSame/Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld/Palin morons.

    I’m voting against the supporter of terrorists and hater of America…Hussein.

  4. Joaquin's Accountant

    As CPA to Joaquin, seeing he is an Obama supporter, I have advised Joaquin not make more than $250,000.

    His music career should insure his next 4 year earnings are well below even $250.

    …. yeah…. low taxes after all…..

  5. Amy

    Pray for mimi.

  6. Sal

    If Joaquin makes ANY income, it’s more than he’s worth. What a crusty, filthy bum.

  7. meh

    Who’s the hot redhead in pic 3? I’d plow that til next winter.

  8. stunner

    Bye! Good ???

    Maybe he meant “by god!”.

    Either way, he’s illiterate AND nasty.

  9. Tom

    Has he ever been seen with a woman? I mean a woman that wasn’t paid to be seen with him.

  10. chango

    so what’s he going to do when the cholas won’t have him. I mean, he does have a beard and all. usually only the romanian women are hairy like that. and they like music too.

  11. dock

    He needs to be de-loused and dipped for fleas.

  12. Kimberly

    Probably should’ve written the “good bye” on his knuckles in front of a mirror…

  13. If you are planning a suicide these day’s and there is DOUBT?
    Just give this MORON a close look and………………………………………….
    SUCCEED!!

  14. Coco

    Just had to say the title to this post cracked me up…

  15. Crakhead

    I remember one time when I wanted to write “FUCK YOU!” on my knuckles, but I was high on drugs
    and wrote “YOU! FUCK”. How embarassing.

  16. Maybe homeboy wasn’t acting when he took on the role of Johnny Cash.

  17. hehehehhehehehehehhehehe

    i would do him and river

  18. Ri

    Crakhead, you’re hilarious!

  19. joaquin's scrotum

    Jeese. There goes his fuckability factor. Way to go Joaquin. Now you’ll wind up like River.

    Shame. He was hot too.

  20. maybe he was planning on crossing his arms before showing the fist message – yknow power rangers style – these little details are hard to keep track of when busy remembering to take more drugs, … what was that i was gonna do?? oh yeah more crack… what else??…..hmm crack? oh yeah!! better quit the day job sooo much to do…like… oh yeah more crack!!

    i kinda like the tarzan in a suit look, the furry neck juxtaposed with the sleek expensive shirt collar always turns me on – in that lotto winning homeless man way
    ooo do me in your double wide dumpster that’s hot!

  21. Katrina

    Man, people love passing judgment when they have no idea what another person is going through or what they can or cannot handle. What an incredible actor! It’s sad that he feels it’s necessary to dope himself up in order to face the day. Indeed, it probably is selfish and whiny to act that way but if he was aware of that fact, he most likely wouldn’t be doing it. I’m sad that he doesn’t have anyone who cares for him enough to get him help. I’ll feel awful if he falls in River’s fate. All the judgemental people should too. And his political stance? What the hell does that have to do with his problem? That’s like saying that all Republican supporters are sister/sheep humping, backwoods, KKK, redneck, Elementary school dropout, paranoid, conspiracy theorist, radicals. Not true right? Get a life.

  22. Katrina

    Man, people love passing judgment when they have no idea what another person is going through or what they can or cannot handle. What an incredible actor! It’s sad that he feels it’s necessary to dope himself up in order to face the day. Indeed, it probably is selfish and whiny to act that way but if he was aware of that fact, he most likely wouldn’t be doing it. I’m sad that he doesn’t have anyone who cares for him enough to get him help. I’ll feel awful if he falls in River’s fate. All the judgemental people should too. And his political stance? What the hell does that have to do with his problem? That’s like saying that all Republican supporters are sister/sheep humping, backwoods, KKK, redneck, Elementary school dropout, paranoid, conspiracy theorist, radicals. Not true right? Get a life.

  23. Katrina

    Man, people love passing judgment when they have no idea what another person is going through or what they can or cannot handle. What an incredible actor! It’s sad that he feels it’s necessary to dope himself up in order to face the day. Indeed, it probably is selfish and whiny to act that way but if he was aware of that fact, he most likely wouldn’t be doing it. I’m sad that he doesn’t have anyone who cares for him enough to get him help. I’ll feel awful if he falls in River’s fate. All the judgemental people should too. And his political stance? What the hell does that have to do with his problem? That’s like saying that all Republican supporters are sister/sheep humping, backwoods, KKK, redneck, Elementary school dropout, paranoid, conspiracy theorist, radicals. Not true right? Get a life.

  24. Katrina

    Man, people love passing judgment when they have no idea what another person is going through or what they can or cannot handle. What an incredible actor! It’s sad that he feels it’s necessary to dope himself up in order to face the day. Indeed, it probably is selfish and whiny to act that way but if he was aware of that fact, he most likely wouldn’t be doing it. I’m sad that he doesn’t have anyone who cares for him enough to get him help. I’ll feel awful if he falls in River’s fate. All the judgemental people should too. And his political stance? What the hell does that have to do with his problem? That’s like saying that all Republican supporters are sister/sheep humping, backwoods, KKK, redneck, Elementary school dropout, paranoid, conspiracy theorist, radicals. Not true right? Get a life.

  25. Bruce

    this guy is having a psychotic breakdown or possibly an onset of schitzophrenia..he needs help and does not need people laughing at him or mocking him on late night tv..mental illness is sooo misunderstood

  26. L

    He’s a Scorpio.

    Enough said.

  27. L

    He’s a Scorpio.

    Enough said.

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