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Joaquin Phoenix paid tribute to an animal rights activist after she died giving pigs water outside of a Canadian slaughterhouse.

Joaquin joined more than 100 animal rights activists for a vigil to commemorate Regan Russell outside of the Farmer John slaughterhouse in Vernon, California, on Thursday night.

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In a statement obtained by PEOPLE, Phoenix said, “Regan Russell spent the final moments of her life providing comfort to pigs who had never experienced the touch of a kind hand.”

“While her tragic death has brought upon deep sorrow in the Animal Save community, we will honor her memory by vigorously confronting the cruelties she fought so hard to prevent by marching with Black Lives, protecting Indigenous rights, fighting for LGBTQ equality, and living a compassionate vegan life,” he said.

“The Ontario government can attempt to silence us with the passage of its Ag-Gag bill -Bill 156 – but we will never go away and we will never back down,” he said. “My heart goes out to the Toronto Animal Save community and to Regan’s lifelong partner, Mark Powell.”

Part of Russell’s fight was to repeal a new bill passed in Ontario, Bill 156, that will soon make it illegal for anyone to be on private property such as farms where animals intended for slaughter are usually held.
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JOAQUIN Phoenix has been widely praised for his transformative portrayal of the man who becomes the Joker in the new film hitting theatres. Although he doesn’t like to talk about awards, many believe this could be the year that the three-time nominee finally wins an Oscar.

In an interview, the 44-year-old Joker star spoke about his process, why he doesn’t necessarily want to give a playbook for how he did it and the time he worried Robert De Niro was going to throw an ashtray at his head.

On feeling insecure about his methods:

“Some of it just feels personal. I don’t know. Maybe I also get insecure and I go like, ‘He shouldn’t be reading that. That’s a stupid thing to read. Who would study that?’

“I’m afraid that I might say something that there’ll be some other great actor that I admire that was like, ‘This guy doesn’t know what he’s doing. That’s a terrible idea. Why would you ever study that?’”

On the 23kg weight loss:

“Once you reach the target weight, everything changes. Like so much of what’s difficult is, waking up every day and being obsessed over like 0.3 pounds (135g). You really develop like a disorder. I mean, it’s wild.

“But I think the interesting thing for me is what I had expected and anticipated with the weight loss was these feelings of dissatisfaction, hunger, a certain kind of vulnerability and a weakness. But what I didn’t anticipate was this feeling of kind of fluidity that I felt physically. I felt like I could move my body in ways that I hadn’t been able to before. And I think that really lent itself to some of the physical movement that started to emerge as an important part of the character.”

On finding Joker’s dance moves:

“I think what influenced me the most was Ray Bolger… There was a particular song called The Old Soft Shoe that he performed and I saw a video of it and there’s this odd arrogance almost to his movements and, really, I completely just stole it from him. He does this thing of turning his chin up.

“This choreographer Michael Arnold showed me that and tons of videos, and I zeroed in on that one. That was Joker, right? There’s an arrogance to him, really. That was probably the greatest influence. But also disco.”

On the upsides of experimenting:

“There seemed to be an infinite number of ways to interpret every moment or how he might behave in any moment. And there wasn’t anything that didn’t make sense. So we would do scenes so many different ways and some I would cry and others I would make jokes and others I would be angry and it would be the same scene and they all (expletive) made sense and that’s so rare.

“There’s something really exciting about that because it keeps you in this state of like perpetual investigation and trying to find something new.

“I think (director and co-writer) Todd (Phillips) and I were always working to try to surprise each other with some idea.

“There was never a moment that I felt completely relaxed. I was always searching for something else. And there’s something very exciting about that. It’s so much fun acting in that way. Often times it’s the opposite.”

And the downsides:

“For the first time in probably 25 years I watched dailies. So Todd and I would talk about which takes we thought worked.

But my favourite scene – what both of us thought was my best scene because of a particular take – that scene, is not in the movie. It’s a cliche, but it’s a puzzle. So you take out this scene and it affects the following scene. So a take that might have been really great no longer works.

“The best take for the end of his rant on Murray Franklin (Robert De Niro’s talk show host) just didn’t work. It was a really good take just on its own, but cut in with everything else it just didn’t work.

“An earlier take, one that I didn’t think was very good, was the one that worked best.”

On sassing off to De Niro’s character:

“It was one of my favourite parts, saying ‘Murr-AY.’ … Todd loved that too. And when I did that I thought: Is De Niro going to throw an ashtray at me?”

Joaquin Phoenix is on the cover of GQ British magazine, May 2020 issue. The magazine features an article about his life and career, which can be read here.

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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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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. 

Read more at THR.

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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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.”


Joaquin Phoenix attends the EE British Academy Film Awards 2020 Nominees’ Party at Kensington Palace on February 01, 2020 in London, England.

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The BAFTA award ceremony takes place tomorrow at 9pm and will be broadcast on BBC One.

Joaquin Phoenix attends the 92nd Academy Awards Champagne Tea reception at The Biltmore on January 31, 2020 in London, England.

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New photos of Joaquin Phoenix on the set of Mike Mills’ new film in New Orleans on Thursday.

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After winning the best actor award at the SAG last night, still in his tuxedo, Joaquin Phoenix went straight to the weekly vigil to give pigs water before they are taken to slaughterhouses. (Credits: laanimalsave)

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