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15 Interesting Facts About Joaquin Phoenix You May Not Know


15 Interesting Facts About Joaquin Phoenix You May Not Know

Here’s everything basic about him!

‘Joker’ has recently turned into a box office smash as it continues raking up profit. When this weekend closes, ‘Joker’ may be grossing almost a billion-dollar worldwide, a number close to ‘Avengers: Infinity War’. And thanks to this, more people are showing interest in the actor who played Joker, Joaquin Phoenix.

This phenomenal actor has several interesting facts you might want to know, including his involvement in popular movies as well as his effort in going all-out in acting. Green Lemon has compiled 15 of them.

1. The scar on his lip was something he was born with.

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2. He was born in Puerto Rico on October 28, 1974. He lived in San Juan for 3 years.

© Space Camp / 20th Century Fox

3. He has acted in more than 30 films since 1986 when he was 12.

Inherent Vice (2014) / Capital Pictures

4. He’s vegan since he was 3 and works with organizations that protect animal rights and fight against animal abuse.

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5. He practiced and studied for 4 months to exact the Joker’s laugh which was related to epilepsy by observing patients.

© Joker / DC Films

6. He announced his retirement in 2008 to become a hip hop musician. It appears to be fake as he was working on a documentary called ‘I’m Still Here’.

I’m Still Here (2010) / Capital Pictures

7. He changed his name to 6 as his siblings had names related to nature (River, Liberty, Rain and Summer). He used his real name again when he was 16.

© Russkies / New Century Entertainment Group

8. To act as a firefighter in ‘Ladder 49’ he worked as a real one for a month.

© Ladder 49 / 20th Century Fox

9. He lost 45 pounds for ‘Joker’ and gained them back as fast once filming was done.

© Joker / DC Films

10. His brother River also became a child actor who was in ‘Stand by Me’ and ‘Running on Empty’.

© Stand By Me / Sony Pictures

11. He got his Grammy for an album on his portrayal of Johnny Cash in ‘Walk The Line’.

© Walk The Line / 20th Century Fox

12. He’s a 3-time Oscar nominee; one for ‘Best Supporting Actor’ in ‘Gladiator’ (2000) and two for ‘Best Leading Actor’ in ‘Walk the Line’ (2012) and ‘The Master’.

© Gladiator / Scott Free Productions

13. His debut in film was as 10-year-old Max in ‘SpaceCamp’.

© Space Camp / 20th Century Fox

14. He also executive produced ‘What The Health’, a documentary that encourages veganism through the benefits of the diet.

© What the Health / Kip Andersen

15. He doesn’t like taking pictures and prefers to spend time chatting with fans instead.

Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

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