Last week, News Muse was speculating over whether Joaquin Phoenix had lost the plot or if there was some method to his madness. Well, not to my surprise, the Artist Formerly Known As Reatively Normal has the world as his audience for his very own happening. According to friends, his retirement and subsequent music career launch are all part of an ‘art project’.

Oh pur-leeease! Joaquin, get your pretentious butt into a shower right now, shave off that caveman beard and get back to the type of performance art that people actually appreciate you for – it’s called a c t i n g and you’ve been nominated for it.

Check out Joaquin in his ‘last ever’ film, Two Lovers, out in the UK 27 March.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GH3SdiqmnCc&fs=1

On to another actor, one actually busying himself with the art – Christian Bale, who celebrates his 35th birthday today.

Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne

It’s often easy to forget how young a lot of big actors are (or how old oneself is…), considering how much they’ve already achieved, I mean. Although right now, in awards season, I’m pretty sure Bale is getting tired of being reminded that a dead guy acts better than him

Hopefully he’ll get a chance to outshine the villain in the next Batman film.

It was Elijah Wood‘s birthday too this week, on Wednesday. But I don’t rate the baby-faced hobbit so won’t waste much space on him. If you do (rate him) then get off my blog and get thee here!

An actor I really do rate however is Matt Damon. I watched The Talented Mr Ripley for the umphteenth time a few weeks ago when it was on telly, and his performance just blows me away every time. Not to mention the Bourne movies (note to friends: I want the box set for my birthday!).

Matt Damon as Jason Bourne

But apart from his great acting, Matt Damon comes across as a really nice, down-to-earth, intelligent guy with sound politicial views. You may remember my blog post about his hilarious and poignant comments on US politician (and hockey mom!) Sarah Palin.

Well, the opinionated actor has had his say again, this time about James Bond, adding yet another quotable quote to showbiz history:

‘Bond is an imperialist, misogynist sociopath who goes around bedding women and swilling martinis and killing people. He’s repulsive.’

Couldn’t have said it better myself.