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Joaquin Phoenix : Walk The Line Changed My Life

Feb. 17 2009, Published 4:25 a.m. ET

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Joaquin Phoenix says he'd rather be remembered for his disastrous attempts at a music career than his Oscar-nominated acting. Phoenix told UK's The Sun he's determined to become a successful rapper , and explained "I'm experiencing something and it's what I feel." Joaquin said: "I feel like everything in my life is leading up to this and suddenly acting doesn't seem like that's a big part of what was important in my life. I imagine, when I look back on my life, acting will be just a very small portion of something that I did, and I think music will be the dominant theme in my life."

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The 34-year-old says that playing legendary country singer Johnny Cash in Walk the Line changed his life and career. "I've always loved music and never really played anything, and, after Walk The Line, I kind of learned to play guitar and having that sense of performing, that certainly opened the door for me for music. I think now I would just like the music to speak for itself. I don't think we'll ever get to the reason: Oh, that's why he quit and this is why he's doing this. "

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Phoenix also said: "I don't fully understand it myself. I've always followed my heart and felt what was true at the time and that's what I'm doing now."

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