Phoenix Falling

Joaquin Phoenix surfaced at a Miami nightspot this week looking like Jim Morrison right before he died.

Diddy say what?Phoenix, 34, recently announced he was retiring from acting to become a full-time musician, and looks like he has already jumped years ahead into the lifestyle of drugs, booze and crazy eyes.

Friends say they are becoming frantic over Joaquin's increasingly bizarre behavior. "For people who know Joaquin, it's been an incredibly traumatic year, filled with chaos.

"Everyone wants to help but nobody's been able to break through. His bizarre behavior has everyone worried. It's just getting scary."

Earlier this year, Joaquin skipped out on the world premiere of his flick Two Lovers at the Cannes Film Festival, leaving costar Gwyneth Paltrow to promote it herself. His publicist said he had the flu, but he also missed the rest of the film's European premieres.

Check out the look P Diddy is giving him. "Bro, you have not been moisturizing the sexy."

The bloated version of his former self has been seen partying hard at clubs and bars in Los Angeles, and appears to have given up any and all personal grooming habits -- all bad signs for someone who just attended rehab three years ago.

At the time Joaquin said, "I wasn't an everyday drinker but didn't have anything else to do, anything to hold me down. I was leaning on alcohol to make me feel OK. That's what it really was."

Phoenix was present in 1993 when his heartthrob big brother River Phoenix died of a drug overdose on a sidewalk in front of the Viper Room. Friends say he never got over it, and pray his is not heading down the same path.

His peeps need to call Jamie Spears. Joaquin needs Britney-fication, and for the low, low price of Joaquin's soul, he too can revive his career, shed the pounds and churn out homogenized, benign "art" that rakes in the cash! 

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Comments on "Joaquin Phoenix OK?"

ylva October 21, 2009 | 1:42 PM

No one really knows him other than his closest friends and family, I personally think it takes guts to break the Hollywood stereotype, the moviestar look and being none other than him self. I love him as an actor and may I just add, (for the record)that he has the most beautiful eyes I have ever seen on anybody(!!!) well, good luck Joaquin, I'll miss you as an actor, but hey: Feel free to do whatever you want and may life take you in good directions:)

Ashes August 08, 2009 | 4:48 PM

All Phoenix's rise from the Ashes. Perhaps he doesn't want to be what all of you want and expect him to continue being - an actor. People change. Get over it. You all act like he is dead. He is STILL the same man. It's he who has made the changes. If he wants to dress down, grow a beard, and put on some weight, who are you people to take that right away from him. Prayer only works if you believe in such an anecdotal human behavior. Pray for him for what? That he shaves and starts working out again? He is an Artist! He'll do what he wants when and how he wants.

Ellen April 10, 2009 | 9:53 PM

It's not impossible that Joaquim's odd behavior is related to a brain tumor. With all the cell phone microwaves in the air and transmitting from our phones, brain tumors are becoming increasingly prevalent and can certainly cause bizarre changes in behavior. But then again, in Joaquim's case, it could also totally be related to emotional issues, as already discussed in some of these other postings. I wish him healing either way.

Cheryl February 23, 2009 | 1:15 PM

I saw him in the David Letterman interview and he was definitely not okay. He may be drinking or doing drugs, but clearly a psychological problem has developed, or reoccured. I really hope his family can get him some help, although it's nearly impossible to force it when you are talking about an adult. He clearly needs help now and I hope his family will be able to talk him into seeking treatment, it's a sad situation to see played on in the media, but it's not hopeless for him.

Daydrea January 14, 2009 | 2:45 PM

I have never been a big fan until recently something has just drawn me to him. I hope he makes it throguh this, whatever it may or may not be. It would be hard to deal with what he has dealt with plus on top of it being in Hollywood with people you can not trust. Not even Hollywood, when it comes to celebrities people have their own agendas, almost everyone they come across probably acts very fake. That would driv eme mad. I wish the best for him wether it is good or bad times.

equanimity January 11, 2009 | 7:58 AM

I have been a fan of Joaquin's for a long time and I was so sad to see this photo, I have seen him in a few interviews in the last 2 yrs and he did not seem himself, I really hope his family and friends help him through this, he is definitely going through something and I pray that he makes it out alright, he is an amazing actor and probably just need some guidance right now, how come an amazing guy like him doesn't have people looking out for him? Wish you all the best Joaquin.

kimberly January 07, 2009 | 10:27 AM

im totally shocked. joaquin is one of my favorite actors and i cant believe he is letting himself go this bad. he is such an amazing talent and he is just throwing it all away. i hold him in my prayers. i dont want this to turn out like his brother. he still has so much more left to do and it would surely suck if he just gave up. i know he doesnt care for the spotlight that much but thats no reason to look like a homeless guy. he looks very bad. i want to shake him like i wanted to shake britany spears. there is hope but he has to want to be better or its just not gonna happen. i love you joaquin and you are in my prayers!

Emily Royal January 06, 2009 | 7:05 AM

Oh my gosh....I love Joaquin Phoenix but now Im worried for him. If he has gotten into the drinking and drugs I will definately be praying for him. He is like my favorite actor ( besides Johnny Depp) and I don't want to see him end up like so many celebrities out there. Joaquin we all love you and if something is going on I hope and pray that you can get through it.

Cate L January 06, 2009 | 12:09 AM

Sad that people form such a strong opinion based one what other people we do not know say or saw or heard. This is one photo, you cannot judge a person by one photo.Anything could have been said or done here.He could be making that face of purpose! Goofing off. I have been a fan of River Phoenix since the mid 80's and then also Jaoquin. He actually look's a lot like his dad in this photo. Sure he has put on weight, we all do at some point.He is not all that tall so its probably a struggle for him. He has a beard and his hair is pulled back. Big deal! What does that prove? He is a single dude and dresses like one, that's all! LOL! That being said I hope all is well and if there is trouble for him I would understand. His big brother died right in front of his eyes, he lost a 2yr old nephew a few yrs ago and one of his close friends was Heath Ledger. He has had to deal with a lot. Maybe he has not dealt with any of it.The press and people going on about him cannot be helping. Take care Jaoquin, we love you.

kwiklip January 05, 2009 | 12:39 PM

Joaquin, please clean yourself up. We don't want to lose you.

crowland January 04, 2009 | 9:19 PM

I love Joaquin, he reminds me of my late brother in law. He (my brother in law) was going through the same things and sadly he was drunk and got killed in a car accident two years ago this 31 of jan.

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