Joaquin Phoenix: Quitting Acting?


Oct. 28 2008, Published 10:34 a.m. ET

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In a bit of surprising news, Joaquin Phoenix, who turns 34 today, has announced that he's leaving the acting business, most likely for good.

"I want to take this opportunity to give you the exclusive, that this will be my last performance as an actor," the Walk the Line star tells Extra's Jerry Penacoli while being trailed by his own camera crew. "I'm not doing films anymore."

After being asked by Penacoli if he was serious, Joaquin affirmed his intention to quit acting, replying, "Yeah. I'm working on my music. I'm done. I've been through that."

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Casey Affleck, who happened to be standing with Joaquin, also seemed convinced.

"I don't think he's kidding," he says. "He's got music and stuff."

When Extra contacted the actor's rep to receive clarifaction that he was indeed dropping out of movies, the response was, "That is what he told me."

Say it ain't so, Joaquin!


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