Who is Joaquin Phoenix? He is the latest actor to fill the clown shoes of The Joker. However, his astonishing portrayal of the Batman supervillain falls short in comparison to the actor’s shocking real life. From a family proselyting for a sex cult, to his brother dying from an overdose, his attempts to make it as a hip-hop star, and falling in love with Mary Magdalene herself, Joaquin Phoenix’ life is just as disturbing and fascinating as that of the character who will most likely earn him his very first Oscar—even though he couldn’t care less about awards. Celebrating his 45th birthday, here are 10 facts to answer the question that we are all asking ourselves: who is Joaquin Phoenix?
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