Joaquin Walks Away From Acting

Actor confesses career change in impromptu interview
By Elizabeth Wolff,  Newser User
Posted Oct 29, 2008 9:54 AM CDT
Actress Eva Mendes and actor Joaquin Phoenix arrive for the screening of the film "We Own the Night," at the 60th International film festival in Cannes, May 25, 2007.   (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
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(Newser) – Is Joaquin Phoenix bowing out of show biz? "I want to take this opportunity (to) just talk a little bit about the fact that this will be my last performance as an actor. I'm not doing films anymore," the two-time Oscar nominee told Extra unexpectedly at Monday night's Paul Newman benefit.

As Extra's reporter did a double-take, Phoenix, who had his own camera crews trailing him, reiterated, "Yeah. I'm working on my music. I'm done. I've been through that." "I don't think he's kidding," says actor Casey Affleck. "He's got music and stuff." Phoenix's rep later confirmed only by saying: "That is what he told me."