Technically speaking, it’s impossible to return to a place you’ve never left, and with a movie coming out this weekend and more projects possibly on the way, it wouldn’t appear as if Joaquin Phoenix ever really went anywhere. The least he could have done was signed a contract with the Chicago White Sox and played farm league for a while.
The point is, now that I’m Still Here is coming out and press for it (read: acting strange) will be over soon, expect to hear about which projects Phoenix is signing on for. He’s turned down more than a few lately ‐ Poe biopic The Raven, the role of author Thomas Wolfe in Genius, a comedic villain opposite Jonah Hill in The Sitter, and an indie documentary about beard styles that I swear we called him about a hundred times ‐ but he’s still attached to play a foot fetishist (so it’s either a Tarantino biopic or a film about Hitchcock) for Secretary director Steven Shainberg. Ladies and Gentlemen, Joaquin Phoenix has not left the building. [THR]