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The Tragic Real Life Of Joaquin Phoenix

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A look inside the life of Joker actor Joaquin Phoenix.
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Joaquin Phoenix is one of today’s finest actors. He’s done so much in his career, working in giant blockbusters like Ridley Scott’s 2000 film ‘Gladiator’ and M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Signs.’ But he’s also do smaller, indie projects too. Films such as Spike Jonze’s ‘Her’ or Lynne Ramsay’s ‘You Were Never Really Here.’ Now he’s taking on what is his biggest role yet in Todd Phillips’ ‘Joker.’

No matter the role, Phoenix has proven himself to be extremely versatile and unquestionably a major talent. But what’s most fascinating is when you take a look at his past and realize exactly what he’s gone through to get to this point in his career. His upbringing was riddled with difficulties. He and his family never had any money and were raised in a creepy cult known as the Children of God.

Once Phoenix’s parents realized just how awful the cult was, they made their escape and headed back to the United States. It was here that they finally started to see the tables turn. Phoenix’s oldest brother River started getting more acting gigs and even Phoenix himself had some moderate success. Tragedy was still waiting around the corner though.

Through losing family members and personal struggles with addiction, Phoenix has remained strong. He’s continued to perform, channeling his experiences into his work. It’s incredible to think of everything he’s gone through and just how much it’s informed his career. Let’s take a look through it all and find out just how much it has.

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