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Joaquin Phoenix is an actor known for such films as Gladiator and Walk the Line, in which he played Johnny Cash.
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His decision to become a hip hop artist was later chronicled in the 2010's so-called documentary I'm Still Here, which he made with Casey Affleck. Soon after its release, Affleck admitted to The New York Times that the documentary was a work of fiction.
Phoenix eventually decided to step in front of the cameras again, receiving impressive results. The Master (2012), his first film after his self-imposed hiatus, showed movie audiences just how talented a performer he is. In the film, he plays a young, alcoholic war veteran, Freddie Quell, who is lured into a quasi-religious cult led by charismatic Lancester Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman). Written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, the film has received wide praise. Some say that Dodd's organization is based on the Church of Scientology.
Continuing to land interesting new projects, Phoenix worked with director Spike Jonze on Her with Olivia Wilde, Amy Adams and Rooney Mara. He also appeared in Nightingale with Jeremy Renner and Marion Cotillard.
Outside of acting, Phoenix supports a number of causes. He serves on the board of the Lunchbox Fund, which provides healthy meals to children in need. A lifelong vegan, Phoenix has served as a spokesperson for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals for several years. He has also been active in the Peace Alliance, which seeks to create "a cabinet-level U.S. Department of Peace" according to its Web site.
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