After rumours started flying last week about Joaquin Phoenix’s plans to quit acting, Phoenix confirmed his decision this weekend when he attended the premiere of his latest film “Two Lovers” — with the words “Good Bye” written on his knuckles.
Is Phoenix’s 1-2 punch for real? Will his latest film truly be his last?
If not, he’s done an excellent job of pulling the wool over Hollywood’s eyes. And when the dust has settled and his music career has gone quiet, he’s sure to find a way to convince Hollywood that his “retirement” was all part of the original plan.
And, based on his talent, we’ll probably believe him then, too.
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.
“Two Lovers” is his last film, he said. His publicist had disclosed Friday that the actor intended to focus on music.
But in order to make a clean break from Hollywood, apparently Phoenix needs to sell his house first.
Joaquin Phoenix has underlined his pledge to turn his back on Hollywood, he has reportedly put his Californian home up for sale.
The actor announced earlier this week that he would quit movies to concentrate on his music career.
And he has shown he is serious about the move – his mansion in the Hollywood Hills is said to be on the market.
The four-bedroom, five-bathroom home, complete with swimming pool and hot-tub, is on sale for almost $4m (€3.1m), according to TMZ.com.