The long-awaited return of Joaquin Phoenix.  “Because I’m afraid,” dir.  Ari Aster hits theaters April 21st

He won viewers’ hearts with a performance of the most famous psychopath in pop culture history in “Joker” by Todd Phillips and the hit single that explores the challenges of fatherhood in “C’mon C’mon” by Mike Mills. Soon, Joaquin Phoenix will return to movie screens as the neurotic Beau in Ari Aster’s surreal black comedy “Because I’m Afraid.”

Beau Wassermann, played by Phoenix, is a middle-aged man who suffers from anxiety. The world seems to him an overwhelming and oppressive place, and people – dangerous creatures. One day, the hero, not wanting to disturb his mother (played by Patti LuPone), decides to visit her. However, even this trip seems to him like a trip to the other end of the world, which leads to an avalanche of disturbing events – Beau loses his keys and luggage, gets kidnapped and harassed by a teenager, and his mother gets into an accident. It is said that Beau’s ride was so intense that Joaquin passed out at the end of filming. Joaquin had to recreate every serious thing Beau did. I thought he’d only be able to do it once. Instead, he was very technical – and amazingly – wanted everything to be believable. He worked with Patty. A scene that was very demanding of her, not him. He suddenly fell out of frame. I was angry because it was a really good shot. I was confused. I turned the corner and saw he passed out. I know it was bad because he let the crew take care of him. He passed out. And he helps others act out a scene. He was so interested in them that he fainted. He’s very poetic,” said Ari Aster, quoting Ari Aster. IndieWire.

Joaquin Rafael Phoenix was born on October 28, 1974 in San Juan. He has been involved in acting since childhood. He appeared on the small screen for the first time with his older brother River, appearing in an episode of the musical “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”. He was eight years old at the time. His parents encouraged him to become an artist – a couple of hippies who met on the go and once belonged to the Children of God sect founded by David Berg. “I recently took my mum to the apartment we were staying in. It was a one bedroom, devoid of children. There were five of us.” […]. We hid behind the washing machine when the owner came. You never know how long it will stay, so we can sit there for hours. I don’t forget her. He recalls years later at Esquire.

River had the first acting success in the family. Born with the beauty of a surfer and great talent playing m. in Sidney Lumet’s “The Lost Years” (1988), and Steven Spielberg’s “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” (1989). He was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe, and the greatest fame was brought to him by “My Own Idaho” by Gus Van Sant. He seems to have a bright future ahead of him. Unfortunately, at the age of 23, he went missing due to drug addiction. In 1993, he overdosed at Johnny Depp’s famous club ‘The Viper Room’. He was dying in front of Joaquín, who immediately called an ambulance. The news of River’s death came shortly after he was taken to the hospital. In an instant, the entire family was in the sights of the paparazzi and tabloids. “I feel like every movie I’ve done has something to do with River. All of us in the family felt his presence and direction in our lives. We weren’t aware of his fame until River died. We lived away from entertainment. We watched TV and didn’t read that kind of paper,” Joaquin admitted to The Independent. .

From the moment of the tragedy, his attitude towards the media was unequivocal. He was reluctant to give interviews. In fact, he only did so when his contract forced him to. He usually answered reporters’ questions with half words or made up stories. In 2008, he shocked the film industry by announcing that he was ending his career and becoming a rapper. How is that? The Oscar-nominated actor for Commodus in Ridley Scott’s “Gladiator” and Johnny Cash in James Mangold’s “Walk the Line” decided to quit the profession? There was no end to the surprise, but everyone thought he was serious. Only in 2010 it turned out that the artist decided to mock the media in this way, and the unforgettable performance was part of the documented film “Joaquin Phoenix. I am who I am” by Casey Affleck.

Just two years later, the actor delighted audiences as tramp Freddy joining the cult in Thomas Anderson’s Mr. Paul. This performance earned him his third Academy Award nomination and Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival. We later saw him in James Gray’s The Immigrant (2013), Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice (2014) and Woody Allen’s Irrational Man (2015). The role of the former special agent in Lynne Ramsay’s “You Were Never Here” turned out to be a huge breakthrough, and he won another award at Cannes in 2017. Despite these successes, he says that on the set of each film he feels like he’s performing in front of a camera. for the first time. “I’m nervous, I’m shaking. There’s no way I’m going to say ‘Yeah, I get it,'” he argued, and is quoted by Esquire.

His brilliant role earned him an Academy Award

When Todd Phillips offered Phoenix the starring role in the 2017 movie Joker, the actor wasn’t convinced. He preferred to avoid comparisons with Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger, who created the most famous roles of the Joker in Tim Burton’s Batman and Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. He eventually accepted the offer because Phillips assured him his film would be a character study inspired by Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and King of Comedy. Three years later, his role as a psychopathic killer earned him an Academy Award. The actor, who is openly disrespectful of the American Film Academy Awards, appeared at the ceremony to remind us of what we must all do to protect the planet.

“I don’t feel superior to anyone in this room. We all share a love of cinema. I don’t know what I would do without it. The most important gift I’ve ever received is to speak up for those whose voices we usually don’t hear. We fight. About different issues – gender inequality, rights The LGBT community and indigenous peoples. We are one. No race or group of people has the right to dominate others, to decide for others and to despise them,” Out. He remarked that “we have abandoned the natural world, thinking we are the center of the universe, and subverted the natural world, thinking that everything is ours.” “We fear change, but people are creative and can find new solutions. If we rely on love and compassion, we will create a system that benefits all living things,” Joaquin pleaded.

In 2022, he captured the hearts of viewers with the role of a radio journalist in Mike Mills’ Haya Hammoun. This hero travels with his 9-year-old nephew and meets the kids. He cares about their vision of the future, their hopes and fears. Thanks to conversations with the youngest, you learn about the challenges of parenting and the power of children’s imagination. When asked by the Playlist portal why he starred in this film, the actor mentioned the first meeting with Mills and the feeling that he was a director with whom he could easily establish contact. Equally important to him was the opportunity to hear children’s stories about their experiences. “Mike Mills is, after all, a particularly sensitive and empathetic person. He could easily imagine and describe what these children feel. .

The next year also brought many more projects with Phoenix. In October 2024, a musical sequel to Phillips’ “Joker” will appear, starring Lady Gaga alongside the actor. Filming just finished. Plot details remain secret for now, but unofficial information shows that the heart of the story will be played by singer Harley Quinn. Does Joker: Folie à Deux have a chance to repeat the success of the previous installment? Opinions are divided. Ridley Scott’s “Napoleon” with Joaquin in the title role, which will debut in US cinemas in November this year, is mentioned in the context of possible awards. In turn, in 2024, the actor and his life partner Rooney Mara will appear in the new film by Pawe Pawlikowski, whose working title was “The Island”. As announced, it will be the story of a couple who want to create a paradise for themselves on a deserted island. However, Eden proves difficult to investigate, especially when a European countess learns of her plans and arrives on the island with two lovers who plan to take over the site and build a luxury hotel there. According to the official description, this event will begin a psychological war in which + seduction and jealousy + escalate into + betrayal Then murder +”, we read on Variety. (PAP)

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