Joaquin Phoenix is a film actor. Phoenix has also directed music videos, produced movies and television shows, and has recorded an album (the soundtrack to the movie Walk the Line in which he stars). He is also known for his work as a social activist, particularly as an advocate for animal rights.
In October 2008, he announced his retirement from film in order to focus on his rap music career. However, this announcement turned out to be fodder for Phoenix's acting role in a mockumentary directed by Casey Affleck, I'm Still Here. Affleck made public that Phoenix was simply playing a role in a fictional documentary and that Phoenix's supposed "rap career" and public breakdown were all fabricated for the movie. During the two years in which he appeared as the 'broken down actor', he was always sporting Tom Ford Jack sunglasses, which are also seen throughout the movie I'm Still Here.