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The Yards came out in October 2000, and featured a fight scene between Mark Wahlberg’s Leo, Joaquin Phoenix’s Willie, and — briefly — Charlize Theron’s Erica. The conflict really started after Willie slapped Erica. Leo attacked Willie, and actors Mark Wahlberg and Joaquin Phoenix took their fight down a flight of stairs into the street, rolling over each other, pulling up each other’s clothes. The fight got “aggressive,” as Mark Wahlberg recalled to USA Today:

“It became one of the better fights that I have a been a part of. He didn’t know what I was going to do. I didn’t know what he was going to do. I think he wished he knew what I was going to do after the first night of shooting because it got pretty aggressive. He’s a gamer, he’s a method guy. Between him and Ben Foster, they’ll beat their heads off the side of a tree to get into character. “

Yes, Joaquin Phoenix is known for getting into character with intensity, which is part of why he just finally won an Oscar this year for Joker. Ben Foster has worked with fellow Boston native Mark Wahlberg on several films, including Lone Survivor, and he’s known for his intensity too.

Back to that scene in The Yards, though. Before watching the clip below, relive what Joaquin Phoenix said about it back in 2000, when describing the fight to The Guardian:

“Mark and I blocked it out of ourselves. We wanted it to be an epic battle, falling down the stairs and out on to the street. We had elbow pads and knee pads, but on the first take Mark just grabbed me with his pinkie, flipped me into the air and I landed on my head. Man, did I have a bump. I was black and blue for days. But I sure as hell wasn’t gonna do any fucking John Wayne-style punching. I wanted it to be sloppy and barbaric and painful, like I’m hugging the life out of this guy who’s my friend while I’m pounding at him. “

Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Wahlberg obviously didn’t carry over any hard feelings after the film, since they reunited for James Gray’s We Own the Night. They probably earned even more respect with the commitment.

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To mark the anniversary of director Ridley Scott’s rousing epic, Fathom Events and Paramount Pictures will bring GLADIATOR back to movie theaters throughout the country on April 13, 15 and 19, accompanied by a special featurette that explores the making of an alternate, unused title sequence for the film.

Inspired by Daniel P. Mannix’s 1958 book “Those About to Die,” Gladiator tells a harrowing tale of a Roman general (Crowe) who is betrayed by a corrupt prince (Joaquin Phoenix) and comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge. The film earned over $460 million worldwide, making it the second highest-grossing film globally in 2000.

Celebrating the film’s 20th anniversary, the film will be getting a new Limited Edition 4K release on on May 5th. Tickets can be purchased at FathomEvents.com or participating theater box offices, with lists of participating theaters at that site.


The Los Angeles City Council yesterday unanimously approved a motion for Los Angeles to divest companies that profit from deforestation in the Amazon.

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Actor and vegan activist Joaquin Phoenix recently saved a cow and her week-old daughter from being killed at slaughterhouse Manning Beef in California. Phoenix negotiated the release of the animals from the slaughterhouse alongside a group that included fiancée and fellow activist Rooney Mara, both his and Mara’s mothers, Earthlings director Shaun Monson, Los Angeles Animal Save Founder Amy Jean Davis, and Farm Sanctuary President and Co-founder Gene Baur.

In a short documentary of the rescue created by Monson, Phoenix speaks to slaughterhouse owner Anthony DiMaria, who proceeds to explain to the actor that the cows he exploits are purchased from the dairy industry after they no longer produce milk and are treated “humanely,” stating that he slaughters them within 60 seconds and that he does not purchase “three-leggers”. To clarify, Phoenix says that the cows at the facility are purchased to be murdered. DiMaria repeatedly requests that Phoenix use the euphemism “harvested” to describe the slaughter process, which the actor refuses to do. The group successfully removes the cow and calf—whom Phoenix named Liberty and Indigo, respectively—from the slaughterhouse and transports them to the Acton, CA location of Farm Sanctuary, where they will live together in peace alongside other rescued farmed animals.

“I never thought I’d find friendship in a slaughterhouse, but meeting Anthony and opening my heart to his, I realize we might have more in common than we do differences. Without his act of kindness, Liberty and her baby calf, Indigo, would have met a terrible demise,” Phoenix said about the experience. “My hope is, as we watch baby Indigo grow up with her mom Liberty at Farm Sanctuary, that we’ll always remember that friendships can emerge in the most unexpected places; and no matter our differences, kindness and compassion should rule everything around us.” 

Oscar winner Joaquin Phoenix has come on to serve as executive producer on Victor Kossakovsky’s Encounters documentary Gunda ahead of the world premiere in Berlin on Sunday (23).

Phoenix, a passionate animal rights advocate, said he was deeply moved by the film as it was being finished and by Kossakovsky’s artistry. He intends to support the release of the meditation on the lives of the eponymous sow and other farm animals, which marks the follow-up to Kossakovsky’s 2018 Venice Film Festival world premiere Aquarela.

UTA Independent Film Group handles North American sales and Cinephil represents international rights on the production from Norway’s Sant & Usant and New York-based Louverture Films.

Gunda is a mesmerising perspective on sentience within animal species, normally  and perhaps purposely  hidden from our view.” said Phoenix.

Displays of pride and reverence, amusement and bliss at a pig’s inquisitive young; her panic, despair and utter defeat in the face of cruel trickery, are validations of just how similarly all species react and cope with events in our respective lives.

Read more at ScreenDaily.

The untitled drama has been written and directed by 20th Century Women and Beginners filmmaker Mike Mills. A24 is producing and financing and will launch sales next week. The project is likely to be in-demand.

Oscar-winner Phoenix will play an artist left to take care of his precocious young nephew as they forge an unexpected bond over a cross country trip.

Also starring are Gaby Hoffman (Transparent), Woody Norman (Poldark) and Kenneth Kynt Bryan (Claws). The project, budgeted in the $10m range, recently wrapped in New Orleans.

Producers are Chelsea Barnard (Booksmart), Lila Yacoub (Eighth Grade) and Andrea Longacre-White (20th Century Women). Robbie Ryan (The Favourite) is DoP. A script is due to be sent out to buyers this week.

Read more at Deadline.

Joaquin Phoenix is the Oscars 2020 winner for Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in ‘Joker’.

‘Joker’, which competed in 11 categories, received the award for Best Score.

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After 14 weeks of climate change protests in Washington, D.C., Jane Fonda brought her “Fire Drill Fridays” rally west for the first time this week, leading several hundred environmentally conscious supporters at Los Angeles City Hall. 

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In typical fashion, a red-coated Fonda brought a number of famous friends with her, including Joaquin Phoenix with partner Rooney Mara and her sister Kate Mara, as well as Norman Lear, Brooklyn Decker, June Diane Raphael, Paul Scheer, Rainn Wilson, Bonnie Wright, Rosanna Arquette and Catherine Keener. The actors served as presenters for the number of climate change activists in attendance, Joaquin introduced environmental justice activist Nalleli Cobo.

Following the rally, supporters marched through downtown L.A. in an act of civil disobedience, but unlike in Washington, D.C., no arrests were made. 

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Joaquin Phoenix has linked with environmental activist group Extinction Rebellion and non-profit organization Amazon Watch for a short film sounding the alarm around deforestation and global wildfires.

“Guardians of Life,” which Variety published exclusively, also stars Rosario Dawson, Matthew Modine, Oona Chaplin, Q’orianka Kilcher and musician Albert Hammond Jr of The Strokes – all of whom play a medical team racing to save an unseen patient dying of heart failure on the operating table.

Describing the two-minute film as a call to action, Phoenix said: “I did it to raise awareness about the meat and dairy industry’s effect on climate change. The fact is we are clear cutting and burning rainforests and seeing the negative effects of those actions worldwide. People don’t realize there’s still time, but only if we act now and make sweeping changes to our consumption. We can’t wait for governments to solve these problems for us. We can’t wait until the election to try to make these changes. We have a personal responsibility to make changes in our own lives and act now.”

“Guardians of Life” is the first of 12 films exploring the effects of climate change. The series is led by Extinction Rebellion and Mobilize Earth, and funded by a variety of organizations, including the U.K.-based Catalysts Foundation, as well as the global Climate Save Movement. Additional supporters include the Artists for the Amazon campaign and Environmental Media Association. Donations from the film go towards Amazon Watch and Extinction Rebellion.

Read more at Variety.

Currently in London, Joaquin Phoenix has joined the ‘Earthlings Experience’ to help raise awareness and share the truth about the injustice and mass suffering non-human animals are facing every day worldwide because of our choices.

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The BAFTA awards ceremony took place in London today. Joaquin Phoenix received the award for Best Actor for ‘Joker’, while the film received the awards for Best Score and Best Casting! BAFTA was shown recorded by the channel BBC One and BBC America. Check out Joaquin’s speech:

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Joaquin Phoenix has urged people to “go vegan” as he led an animal rights protest in central London. Phoenix turned up at the protest in support of Animal Equality, which is an international organisation working with society, governments, and companies to try and end cruelty to farmed animals.

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Speaking to Sky News’ Lucy Cotter, he said: “People are not in a panic in the way they should be. These are very dire times and so I felt like I had to do something. We have a personal responsibility to take action right now. One way we can mitigate climate change is by adjusting our consumption and by going plant based. I feel sometimes that’s not being talked about enough. This is an emergency. We have to do everything we can to try to cut down our impact on climate change.”

Phoenix also responded to mounting criticism that people in glamour-filled industries, like top actors, are not in a position to preach about climate change because they live in a world of frequent flights and high carbon footprints.

He said: “We are all hypocrites in some ways. We all struggle with what the right thing to do is and we make mistakes. The industry does consume a lot of power and a lot of resources so the way to mitigate that for me is to maintain a vegan lifestyle.”

Phoenix convinced the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organisation that runs the Golden Globes, to serve its first all-vegan menu at the ceremony’s star-studded dinner last month.

He said: “I think that is part of our appeal to the award ceremonies because there are so many people flying in to the awards and the cars they use – the one thing they can do is to make the meal plant-based. I think we just have to try and find that balance. Nobody is perfect but we are all trying to figure it out. Instead of being judgmental and attacking each other, we should try to help each other and educate each other about how we can change. There are many improvements I can make in my own life and I am trying to do that.”

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