Joaquin Phoenix Confirms He’s Quitting Acting

Okay, I admit it, when we first published that article about Joaquin Phoenix telling the TV show Extra that he was quitting the acting game in order to concentrate solely on his burgeoning music career, I was a little skeptical. Well actually, I thought it was bullshit, and that Phoenix, being high on something in the interview, was goofing on the entertainment “reporter”, because let’s face it, what are you supposed to do when these mooks ask you, for the umpteenth time, “what’s it like to work with [insert your celebrity co-star here]”? But apparently I was wrong, because it’s looking more and more likely that Phoenix wasn’t just high on something when he made the announcement last week, he actually meant it.

The AP has more on your Joaquin Phoenix nuttiness:

The writing on Joaquin Phoenix’s fists said it all.

The words “Good Bye” were penned on the actor’s knuckles at a premiere Saturday night for his latest film, “Two Lovers,” and Phoenix confirmed a surprise announcement he made last week: He’s giving up movies.

“I think it’s just moving on. It’s rediscovering something else,” said Phoenix, 34, said in an interview with Associated Press Television News before Saturday’s American Film Institute festival, which also premiered “Che,” starring Benicio Del Toro.

“It’s like greener pastures, you know what I mean?” Phoenix said Saturday. “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.”

I still think he’ll return to his day job (i.e. the one that will actually pay him) once the high wears off. And yes, I still think Phoenix is stone as hell, and has been for the last month or so. I mean, come on, look at the facial hair! You gotta be stone to think that’s a good idea.

Below: The writing’s on the wall, kids. Er, I mean, knuckles.