As someone who LOVES getting really into movies and TV shows, I have a concrete list of my favorite actors of all time. If you were to ask me who my favorite male actor is, (besides Danny DeVito) I would hands down have to say Joaquin Phoenix. Not only did he star in my absolute favorite movie (Walk the Line!!!) but he also is an animal rights activist. Can he get any better?!
Joaquin went vegan when he was just 3 years old. Can you imagine being 3 and making that type of decision? He sounds like a literal miracle child to me.
He decided to go vegan when he was on a fishing trip with his siblings, and saw the fish getting smashed against the side of the boat in order to kill them. “It was undeniable that it was brutal, barbaric and horrible.” When he told his mom that he was never going to eat meat again, he asked her “Why didn’t you tell us that’s where meat came from?” which is a question I’m sure many of us have asked our parents at a young age. I remember one of the first things I ever Google-searched was “where does meat come from” and after reading what I found, I too decided that I would never eat meat again.
It’s so amazing how compassionate children are compared to adults! Most little kids don’t want to eat an animal that had a horrible life and a disgustingly disgraceful death, and I think that’s a beautiful thing.
Back to Joaquin though…
So who saw the “short film” titled “Joaquin Pheonix Is Drowning“? As it probably already sounds, it is is harddd to watch. During the clip, Joaquin is seen drowning and suffocating as he narrates and talks about how fish die slow and painful deaths, and why we should go vegan.
First off, his acting skills really shine through in this project of his. Watching him “drown” practically made my lungs hurt! He brings up an interesting point that I have never thought about though. Just as I am terrified of drowning, fish are terrified of suffocating on land. What an awful way to die! If I already didn’t eat fish, watching “Joaquin Phoenix is Drowning” would definitely convince me to ditch fish for good.
Another brave and inspirational act of Joaquin’s was his petition with Mercy for Animals against Walmart for the treatment of their mother pigs. They got a crazy amount of supporters and even got Walmart to announce a new animal welfare policy, which is a HUGE victory!
My favorite thing that Joaquin says on his petition page is that “if Walmart executives did this to even one dog or cat instead of millions of pigs, they would be thrown in jail,” when mentioning the gestation crates that the mother pigs are forced to live in. I love it when people boldly state that society is speciest and we favor some animals over others!
Another endeavor that Joaquin has embarked on that made MAJOR change is his involvement with the documentary Earthlings. Have you guys seen Earthlings? I watched it once and it definitely made an impact on me. Earthlings covers the atrocities of puppy mills and the pet industry, animal agriculture, fashion involving animal skin, and animal entertainment. It uses a lot of undercover footage which was extremely hard to watch, but one thing I believe is that if we can’t stand to watch it happen, then we shouldn’t be putting up with it!
Joaquin narrated the whole documentary, and he was the perfect pick because he has THE voice for narration in my opinion. Pretty mono-tone, so you don’t feel like you’re being subconsciously persuaded by the emotions in his voice. His voice just tells the facts and is also super easy to listen to (which is no surprise to me, have you guys heard him sing?! Voice of an angel.)
I am slightly embarrassed to say that I don’t particularly love watching animal advocacy documentaries. The graphic images stay with me for MONTHS (as I’m sure they do with all of us!) and I just prefer to read my information as opposed to watch it. Hey, maybe that’s a flaw of mine but what are ya gonna do!
Another admirable trait about Joaquin is that he requires all of his movie costumes to be vegan friendly. All of his “leather” costumes in Gladiator and Walk the Line were in fact all pleather, which I think is SO AWESOME. He even once went barefoot during a Prada photoshoot because the shoes were made out of leather. What a guy!
Whether it be for his superb acting skills, his angelic voice, or his animal rights activism, vegans and movie lovers alike love Joaquin, and I am nooooo exception! What are some other reasons why you guys love Joaquin?
Have a good Wednesday everyone!