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Joaquin Phoenix unveils grey hair and pot belly as he transforms his body yet again for new role

Joaquin Phoenix has unveiled a new look after transforming his body once again for a dramatic film role. 

The 46-year-old actor – known for going to extreme lengths for his craft – was pictured with grey hair and a pot belly while on set of new movie Disappointment Blvd. in Montreal, Canada on Tuesday.  

The movie – from horror maestro Ari Astor – centers on ‘one of the most successful entrepreneurs of all time’ played by Phoenix, with a story that spans decades of his life.

New look: Joaquin Phoenix unveils grey hair and pot belly as he transforms his body yet again for new role on set of movie Disappointment Blvd. in Montreal, Canada on Tuesday 

Sporting grey balding hair, it appeared that Phoenix was playing an older version of the character while filming got underway.

The sighting comes three years after the Vegan actor developed a ‘disorder’ after famously dropping 52lbs in weight for playing the Joker that would end up winning him an Oscar. 

While the project was released in 2019, filming began in late 2018 with the actor having already prepared himself for the role.  

Dedication: The 46-year-old actor is known for going to extreme lengths for his craft

Extreme role: Phoenix dropped 52lbs for The Joker which began filming in 2018

Extreme: The sighting comes three years after the Vegan actor developed a ‘disorder’ after famously dropping 52lbs in weight for playing the Joker in 2019 (pictured right) 

New role: The movie - from horror maestro Ari Astor - centers on 'one of the most successful entrepreneurs of all time' played by Phoenix, with a story that spans decades of his life

New role: The movie – from horror maestro Ari Astor – centers on ‘one of the most successful entrepreneurs of all time’ played by Phoenix, with a story that spans decades of his life

Phoenix previously revealed how director Todd Phillips thought his character Arthur Fleck in Joker should be ‘real thin’ which resulted in the actor losing weight under the guidance of a medical professional.

‘Once you reach the target weight, everything changes,’ Phoenix told the Associated Press. ‘Like so much of what’s difficult is waking up every day and being obsessed over like 0.3 pounds. Right? And you really develop like a disorder. I mean, it’s wild.’

He went on to say the weight loss left him feeling better than expected, saying: ‘I think the interesting thing for me is what I had expected and anticipated with the weight loss was these feelings of dissatisfaction, hunger, a certain kind of vulnerability and a weakness.’

Getting into character: At one point the actor was seen wearing underpants and a white shirt for a scene

Getting into character: At one point the actor was seen wearing underpants and a white shirt for a scene 

Commitment: Phoenix is known for going all-in for his movie roles

Commitment: Phoenix is known for going all-in for his movie roles 

Exciting: Phoenix is seen with horror film director Ari Aster, 34, (left) who wowed critics and movie fans with 2018 horror-drama Hereditary, starring Toni Colette

Exciting: Phoenix is seen with horror film director Ari Aster, 34, (left) who wowed critics and movie fans with 2018 horror-drama Hereditary, starring Toni Colette

Adding: ‘But what I didn’t anticipate was this feeling of kind of fluidity that I felt physically.’

However, he confessed that the extreme weight loss did have a toll on his mental health, saying: ‘As it turns out, that impacts your psychology, and you really start to go mad when you lose that much weight in that amount of time.’ 

Meanwhile, there’s already been considerable buzz around Phoenix’s new project – helmed by American filmmaker Aster, 34, who wowed critics and movie fans with 2018 horror-drama Hereditary, starring Toni Colette. 

Taking a break: The Oscar-winning actor is seen talking to crew between takes

Taking a break: The Oscar-winning actor is seen talking to crew between takes 

Break: The Vegan actor was also seen smoking a cigarette as he walked around set

Break: The Vegan actor was also seen smoking a cigarette as he walked around set 

Secret: Not much has been revealed about the genre of the new film, but its director is known for his hit horror films Hereditary and Midsommar

Secret: Not much has been revealed about the genre of the new film, but its director is known for his hit horror films Hereditary and Midsommar 

The movie – which dealt with themes of the supernatural – made over $80 million on a $10 million budget to become indie film company A24’s highest-grossing film worldwide. 

Aster’s next project was the folk horror film Midsommar that featured a star turn from British actress Florence Pugh, and again saw the filmmaker team up with A24. 

It made an impressive $48million against a $9million budget and received rapturous praise from critics. 

Unsurprisingly, Aster is once again teaming up with A24 for Disappointment Blvd., his third film, with Lars Knudsen producing under their Square Peg banner.

Meanwhile, Phoenix one of the most respected actor’s of his generation, having won the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor for the psychological thriller You Were Never Really Here (2017), directed by Lynne Ramsay.

Change: Phoenix previously revealed how director Todd Phillips thought his character Arthur Fleck in The Joker should be 'real thin' which resulted in the actor losing weight

Change: Phoenix previously revealed how director Todd Phillips thought his character Arthur Fleck in The Joker should be ‘real thin’ which resulted in the actor losing weight

Talent: Phoenix won the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor for the psychological thriller You Were Never Really Here (2017), directed by Lynne Ramsay (Pictured, 2020)

Talent: Phoenix won the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor for the psychological thriller You Were Never Really Here (2017), directed by Lynne Ramsay (Pictured, 2020)


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