Joaquin Phoenix to quit acting and pursue music career

February 17th, 2009 - 2:09 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Feb 17 (IANS) Hollywood actor Joaquin Phoenix has announced that he will quit acting and pursue his music career. The “Walk The Line” star believes it will be more successful than his acting career.

Though there are claims that it is all a stunt, he insists it is real.

Contactmusic.com reports him as saying: “I’ve always loved music and never really played anything, and, after ‘Walk The Line’, I kind of learned to play guitar and having that sense of performing, that certainly opened the door for me for music. I think, now I would just like the music to speak for itself.

“I don’t think we’ll ever get to the reason, ‘Oh, that’s why he quit and this is why he’s doing this.’ I don’t fully understand it myself. I’ve always followed my heart and felt what was true at the time and that’s what I’m doing now.”

He added: “I’m not out to sell records. I’m experiencing something and it’s what I feel. I feel like everything in my life is leading up to this and suddenly acting doesn’t seem like that’s a big part of what was important in my life.

“I imagine, when I look back on my life, acting will be just a very small portion of something that I did, and I think music will be the dominant theme in my life. I didn’t know that anyone was gonna care. I felt that it was an obligation to tell my fans what I was doing, moving in another direction.”

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