The 50 Greatest Actors Alive: #48 – Joaquin Phoenix
Thought: “Hollywood Etiquette” is the most oxymoronic concept I’ve ever written in my history as a writer.
Joaquin Phoenix has portrayed characters that demanded him to show his tremendous acting range. I personally think he was robbed from the Oscar portraying musical legend Johnny Cash in “Walk The Line.” He also terrified us all in his role as Commodus in “Gladiator.” I also remember him as the extremely shy yet creepy Lucius Hunt in “The Village.”
The brother of the late great River Phoenix, Joaquin clearly comes from a very artistic pedigree. He took a hiatus from acting and it resulted in an amazing and under-appreciated documentary “I’m Still Here” which documents his transformation into trying to make it as a rapper.
Recently I saw “Her” where he plays an expressive introvert who falls in love with his computer. He carried the film being in every single scene, many times alone just talking. I am outraged even more now because Joaquin WASN’T EVEN NOMINATED for Best Actor thinking he was a shoe-in for the award. He WAS the movie!
Joaquin Phoenix has been nominated for 3 Oscars. He is yet to win one.
I know this is a short review because there are still a lot of his films I haven’t seen, but from what I have seen, I believe that he should be ranked MUCH HIGHER than 48. Let’s see how the rest of the list plays out.