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He's Still Here: The Biography of Joaquin Phoenix

He's Still Here: The Biography of Joaquin Phoenix

Martin Howden

ISBN: 9781843583400

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The first biography of one of the most complex actors of his generation From his early career as a child star to his Oscar-nominated performance in Walk the Line and subsequent "reinvention," this biography traces the rise of a completely unique actor. Since his Oscar nomination, Joaquin Phoenix has risen to become one of Hollywood's biggest stars. Yet in October 2008, during an interview to promote the critically acclaimed"Two Lovers," Phoenix made the shocking announcement that he was to retire fromacting, declining any future film roles in a bid to reinvent himself as a hip hop artist. The resulting documentary, "I'm Still Here," turned outto be one of the most extraordinary and memorable pieces of performance artever committed to film.Born in 1974, Phoenix was a natural performer from an early age, regularlybusking on the streets of New York City with his multitalented siblings.Following in the footsteps of his older brother River, Joaquin decided on a career in acting, and hisbreakthrough performance alongside NicoleKidman in "To Die For "confirmed him as themost intriguing actor of his generation. Thirteenyears later, Phoenix undertook his mostchallenging role to date: playing acompletely reinvented version of himself inCasey Affleck's "I'm Still Here."Fascinating and compelling, this is thefirst biography of one of the mostcomplex actors working in film andthe full story behind one of themost intriguing films ever tohave come out of Hollywood.
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