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This month the world will experience the release of the much-anticipated Joker film starring legendary actor Joaquin Phoenix and directed by Todd Phillips. This psychological thriller is the perfect opportunity for Phoenix to showcase his acting abilities, which have been already praised in numerous films and nominated to three Academy Awards.

Let’s review some of Phoenix’s most notable works in Hollywood:

Her (2013): This science-fiction romantic drama follows the passionate relationship between Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) and Samantha, an artificially intelligent virtual assistant personified through a female voice (Scarlett Johansson). In this film we can appreciate Phoenix’ acting skills when interacting with Her through a small device.

The Master (2012): This film tells the story of a WWII veteran struggling to adjust to life after the war. Phoenix’s powerful acting as Freddie Quell shows the reality of post-war American soldiers and the damage it has done in their minds.

Gladiator (2000): Perhaps one of Joaquin Phoenix’s most notable works is this epic historical drama directed by Ridley Scott. Critics praised Phoenix’s acting as Commodus, the amoral and twisted son of Emperor Marcus Aurelius, as he fights against Maximus Decimus Meridius played by Russel Crowe.

Walk The Line (2005): Phoenix portrays Johnny Cash in this biographical drama film and his romance with June Carter (Reese Witherspoon), as he ascends in the country music scene as one of the most influential artists. Both Phoenix’s and Witherspoon’s performances were well received by critics, as they sing, lay instruments and show great chemistry on film.