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EntertainmentJoaquin Phoenix Credits River Phoenix For Acting Career in Emotional Speech (Watch)

14:26  10 september  2019
14:26  10 september  2019 Source:   variety.com

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Phoenix started acting in television series with his brother River Phoenix and sister Summer After establishing himself as a child actor , Phoenix decided to withdraw from acting for a while Rivetingly played by Mr. Phoenix with a raw, anguished expressiveness that makes him an actor to watch for

Although siblings Joaquin , River , and Liberty Phoenix were acting as early as 1982 and appeared in several movies and TV shows over the next few years, the world was first properly introduced to the talented family when River starred in the iconic 1986 coming-of-age film Stand By Me.

Joaquin Phoenix Credits River Phoenix For Acting Career in Emotional Speech (Watch) © Christopher Polk/Variety/Shutter Joaquin Phoenix has three Academy Award nominations, four Golden Globe nominations (and one win) and a lead role in another film that’s already getting Oscar buzz, but in an emotional speech Monday night, the “Joker” actor made it clear that none of it would have been possible without his late brother River Phoenix.

“When I was 15 or 16 my brother River [Phoenix] came home from work and he had a VHS copy of a movie called ‘Raging Bull’ and he sat me down and made me watch it. And the next day he woke me up, and he made me watch it again. And he said, ‘You’re going to start acting again, this is what you’re going to do,’” Phoenix said at the Toronto International Film Festival Tribute Gala. “He didn’t ask me, he told me. And I am indebted to him for that because acting has given me such an incredible life.”

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River Jude Phoenix (né Bottom; August 23, 1970 – October 31, 1993) was an American actor , musician, and animal activist. He was the older brother of Rain Phoenix , Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix , the twice Oscar-nominated star of Gladiator and the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line, has announced his decision to retire from acting to pursue a career in music. Then in 1993, following the death by drug overdose of his brother River , Joaquin retreated from the public eye once

Joaquin Phoenix Credits River Phoenix For Acting Career in Emotional Speech (Watch) © Getty Phoenix was one of two actors presented with the TIFF Tribute Actor Award, following an introduction from fellow actor Willem Dafoe — which Phoenix also interrupted with a surprise appearance.

“You tell me if any of this is bullsh—” Dafoe said to Phoenix, before continuing his speech with a particularly pertinent message: “The point is he’s always surprising us, and himself.”

Phoenix’s own speech was much more emotional, detailing a number of people who he credited with helping him become the actor he is today.

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“I feel overwhelmed with emotion, because I’m just thinking about all the people that had such a profound influence on me,” Phoenix said. “When I was watching those clips, I thought about my family. My sisters Rain and Liberty and Summer, who are still my bests friends.”

He also thanked his father, praising him for instilling a strong work ethic within himself — although “Joker” director Todd Phillips might disagree, he added — and his mother for being “a constant source of inspiration.” “Everything I do is for her,” he said.

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Joaquin Phoenix Credits River Phoenix For Acting Career in Emotional Speech (Watch) © Getty Phoenix closed his speech in what appeared to be a reference to his current significant other Rooney Mara, who starred in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and who was also in attendance for the evening.

“One last thing — somewhere here, I don’t know where, is a filthy dragon, and I want to rip its wings off and fasten a blanket and sleep with it forever,” Phoenix concluded “I love you. Thank you.”

Meg Zukin contributed to this report.

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