Two-time Oscar Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix announced Monday that he is retiring from acting. The actor claims he has been through it and is now done. His last performance will be in the movie “Two Lovers,” the upcoming romantic drama where he stars with Gwyneth Paltrow and Vinessa Shaw. Apparently, the actor has discovered a new passion that he intends to pursue.
After playing the role of Johnny Cash in “Walk the Line,” the 34-year old actor learned to play the guitar and discovered music. Phoenix is currently working on an album with Tim Burgess, the frontman for the UK group, The Charlatans.
His alleged last movie, Two Lovers, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this year to positive reviews. The movie is scheduled for release in February 2009. Phoenix would be a great loss to the industry considering his talent in acting. Hopefully, he will reconsider his decision and the retirement would just be a temporary break for him to pursue his newly-discovered love for music.