Joaquin Phoenix “drowns” in an Oscar-worthy new film release. In a rare appearance outside his award-winning films, the Oscar nominee is featured in a brand-new PETA US video that shows him underwater, struggling to breathe and panicking. As the text explains, “In water, humans drown just as fish suffocate on land. It’s slow and painful and frightening. … Put yourself in their place. Try to relate. Go vegan”. The video was shot by top photographer Michael Muller.
“I was 3 years old – to this day it is a vivid memory”, Phoenix says of the moment he connected human and animal suffering. “My family and I were on a boat, catching fish. As one fish was caught, he was writhing, then he was thrown against the side of the boat. You couldn’t disguise what it was. This was what we did to animals to eat them. The animal went from a living, vibrant creature fighting for life to a violent death. I recognized it, as did my brothers and sisters.”
In addition to garnering an Academy Award nomination, Phoenix’s work in The Master has already landed him awards from associations of film critics in Austin, London, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Utah and Vancouver as well as the Venice Film Festival.
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