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Is Iris Burton no longer Joaquin Phoenix's agent?
Created ByRobin
Created DateMon, Aug 02, 2004
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Robin8/2/2004 2:30:01 AM
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RobinSubjectIs Iris Burton no longer Joaquin Phoenix's agent?
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Hi everyone,
I was over at the Gainesville Sun newspaper website trying to find
stuff on River because I was bored and found a recent article on
Joaquin dated July 28, 2004. He mentions in it that he is no longer
with his agent. I am taking this to mean Iris Burton but perhaps I
could be wrong? I'm not sure. Here is the quote from him, "I actually
had an agent at one point - who I'm no longer with - sit me down and
say, 'You should go to the gym, your body is part of your work." Does
anyone have any more information on this?

Thanks alot

Here's the link to the article and I will post it also:

"Following his heart"

There's no grand plan for Joaquin Phoenix; he just waits for 'the
feeling' to hit him, and it did with 'Village'

By CHRISTY LEMIRE-AP entertainment writer

Joaquin Phoenix won't read this article.
He can't stand reading about himself, and he can't stand the fact
that other actors do it. So he won't know of the sober, heartfelt
praise his co-stars in ''The Village'' have for him.

From Sigourney Weaver, who plays his mother: ''He's a very caring
person with a lot of integrity, very sensitive. ... He reminds me a
little bit of Bill Hurt in a way because Bill cares very much about

From William Hurt himself, who plays the village's leader: ''That's a
real compliment - to me. ... He goes way deep.''

From Bryce Dallas Howard, who plays the woman who loves him: ''He's
acting on a different plane. He's almost superhuman.''

And from M. Night Shyamalan, who directed Phoenix in ''The Village''
and ''Signs'': ''I think he's going to have a Sean Penn-like career.''

Phoenix won't see any of that in himself, though - and he probably
won't see ''The Village,'' in which he plays a quiet young man who
wants to venture into the woods where frightening forces lurk in late-
19th century Pennsylvania.

Something else he can't stand is watching himself on screen, despite
having amassed an impressive filmography and an Academy Award

''It's not a satisfying feeling for me. I just always see things that
I missed,'' says Phoenix, whose parents live in Micanopy. ''But I
think also, I just think that it breeds a self-consciousness that's
not going to serve me in my work. There are so many actors that start
out as really great actors and through the course of their career -
eight years, six years - something starts changing, and I think it's
just that they start watching themselves.

''They start reading their interviews and looking at their pictures
and they start thinking, 'Oh, I'm good at doing this' or 'I'm good at
doing that' or 'I look good when I make that face.' ... Maybe I'll
watch stuff when I'm done with acting but right now I don't want to
think of myself that way.''

Phoenix, 29, dismisses as ''pure luck'' the fact that he's crafted a
career filled with serious, meaty roles.

He has worked with respected directors who are visual stylists but
also have something to say, including Gus Van Sant in ''To Die For''
(1995), Oliver Stone in ''U-Turn'' (1997), Philip Kaufman
in ''Quills'' (2000) and Ridley Scott in ''Gladiator,'' which earned
him a supporting-actor Oscar nomination for playing the jealous,
scheming Commodus. The film won five Oscars in 2001, including best

''For me, honestly - and sorry to sound cliche - but it's just
following your heart. I find that at the end of a film, I rarely know
what I'm going to do next. I'm not one of those actors that has four
movies lined up,'' Phoenix said. ''I just suddenly have a feeling,
something that I would like to try. I basically just go through the
script until I find something that is closest to that feeling that I
want to explore, and I've just been really fortunate in the scripts
that have come my way when they have.''

Phoenix was shooting ''Gladiator'' when ''Quills'' came to him, for
example. Shyamalan saw him in that film, in which he played a priest
battling his own lustful urges, and cast him in ''Signs'' as a former
minor league baseball player who's living with his widower brother
(Mel Gibson) when mysterious crop circles appear.

'''Signs' was kind of my attempt to bring him into that leading-man,
good-guy role, make him the hero,'' Shyamalan said. ''Because he's
kind of intense and dark, people tend to cast him in mean roles or in
the villain roles, and I really saw kind of the hero in him.''

Adrien Brody, a ''Village'' co-star who also has carved out a career
of quality films, said: ''There are very few great roles out there
that you would be right for and you have to be fortunate enough to
get those roles, and then you have to be good in the auditions for
those when they come up.

''I think Joaq has a similar approach, and also I appreciate his
sensitivity as a young man,'' said Brody, an Oscar winner for
2002's ''The Pianist.'' ''I think it's difficult for young men to be
sensitive in this world and I think you need to be as an actor.''f-z

In person, Phoenix is soft-spoken yet articulate, though he clearly
doesn't enjoy talking about himself. (Weaver had suggested as much
beforehand: ''I'm actually surprised that he's doing an interview
because he's not the most gregarious person in the world.'')

He fidgets his way through the interview, smoking a succession of
American Spirit cigarettes and stamping them out in a jammed ashtray
(though he's gentlemanly enough to ask whether you mind if he smokes).

Sitting on the edge of a couch in a hotel suite, he rolls and unrolls
the sleeves of his black button-down shirt, runs his fingers through
his dark, wavy hair and looks away for long stretches while answering

When he does make eye contact, though, he reveals light blue eyes
that could bore right through you. He shows unexpected flashes of
humor with a quick, biting wit. And as a lifelong vegan, he gets
passionate about subjects like body image in Hollywood.

''I'm so sick and (expletive) tired of every single actor with their
six pack and how it's just a standard. You just don't see people in
movies without sculpted bodies with their shirts off unless they're
meant to be some heavyweight redneck, and then they go the other
extreme. It's bothersome because I just don't think it really
reflects real people,'' he said.

''I actually had an agent at one point - who I'm no longer with - sit
me down and say, 'You should go to the gym, your body is part of your
work.' ''

He wasn't always so passionate about his work, though. He took some
time off after his older brother, River Phoenix, died of a drug
overdose in 1993 outside The Viper Room in Los Angeles. The star
of ''Stand by Me'' and ''My Own Private Idaho'' was 23.

''Once I'd taken a break from acting for a few years, I really felt
that there was something missing there, and I started again and I did
this movie 'To Die For,''' in which he plays a misfit teen who's
manipulated by an ambitious anchorwoman, played by Nicole Kidman. ''I
just realized, that's what was missing.''

All five children in the family have been involved in performing in
some way. Besides River, Joaquin's sisters - Rain, Liberty and
Summer - have all acted, played in bands or both.

''We were always really encouraged to be expressive. We were never
told that there was anything we couldn't do,'' he said. ''Success was
never defined for us by our parents. We were never told that you have
to go to college and do this or that.''

The Phoenix family moved around quite a bit, but Joaquin spent much
of his childhood in Southern California's San Fernando Valley. These
days, no place is really home - sometimes he stays in New York, but
he's currently filming ''Walk the Line,'' in which he stars as Johnny
Cash, in Memphis.

''I can't sing but I am singing,'' he said. ''The idea is to not make
a movie about the icon but to make it about a man. ... I have to
think about him as just a man or else it would be overwhelming. It
would be too much pressure.''

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ScottSubjectRe: Is Iris Burton no longer Joaquin Phoenix's agent?
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Hey Robin

Wow, thanks for sharing this piece of info, i'll be sure to read it
as soon as i have 5 minutes to myself.


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MonaSubjectRe: Is Iris Burton no longer Joaquin Phoenix's agent?
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I was just reading this and I realized that William Hurt worked with
River in ILYTD! Cool!

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PennySubjectRe: Is Iris Burton no longer Joaquin Phoenix's agent?
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Hey Robin,

I read this too and wondered... From what I've read she's been his
agent forever, so I can't think who else he would be referring to. I
have been searching high and low for an agent fan mail address for
him and was so pleased to find hers, but now I really worry if it's a
good one or not. I may try it anyway and see what happens. If it
comes back, we'll know.

Regardless, whoever told him that was dead wrong. I think he's
beautiful just the way he is.


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