The whole "Joaquin Phoenix turns his back on Hollywood" palaver appears to have weight behind it - he's only gone and put his house on the market. Wouldn't it be loverleeeeey to have the ability to retire at the wizened old age of 34? And he's not just going to kick up his heels either - he's doing what hardly any actor has done before him... attempt to become a rock star.
Phoenix announced his retirement from the movies at a Paul Newman charity fundraiser earlier this week, saying: "I want to take this opportunity… also to give you the exclusive and just talk a little bit about the fact that this will be my last performance as an actor… I'm not doing films anymore. I'm working on my music. I’m done. I've been through that."
If further confirmation is required, we have this from his brother-in-law Casey Affleck (he's married to Joaquin's sister, Summer): "I don't think he's kidding. He's got music and stuff." Thanks Casey. Now run along, see what Ben's up to.
So, why the change of heart, Joaquin? Ah, you're writing that album with Tim Burgess. Hasn't that been going on a while now, cause you don't think any of the songs are good enough and refuse to play them to anyone? Best of luck with that. What was the last film you did? A romantic drama called Two Lovers, in which you have to choose between someone your parents want you to marry and your crazy new neighbour? It co-stars Gwyneth Paltrow... right. Enough said.