Joaquin Phoenix remembered his dead brother at the Toronto Film Festival

TORONTO, ONTARIO - SEPTEMBER 09: Joaquin Phoenix receives the TIFF Tribute Actor Award during the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival TIFF Tribute Gala at The Fairmont Royal York Hotel on September 09, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for TIFF/AFP

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Joaquin Phoenix, who died at the age of 23 in a drug overdose, remembers his brother River Phoenix at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he just received an actor award from three-time Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe.

The protagonist of the Joker movie was touched by River Phoenix, known for his four-year-old brother, Stand by Me, and My Own Private Idaho. Joaquin Phoenix recalled that his first film work as a child actor had disappointed him, but River encouraged him not to stop.

That’s why I owe her because acting has given me an incredible life.

The 44-year-old actor also revealed that his brother River, at the age of 15, showed him the classic Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro, the Raging Bull, to motivate and revive his love of acting.

Joaquin Phoenix has already been named one of the Oscar winners for his role in the Joker, the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival. Preparing for the role also meant a major physical ordeal for Phoenix, who lost a lot for the film, writes MTI.

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