Joaquin Phoenix thanks his late brother River in an emotional speech

however the actor will be from the spotlight at the moment with all the buzz surrounding his forthcoming Batman spin-off film, “Joker,” along with has used the attention to pay homage to his legendary sibling.

Phoenix thanked his late brother during an emotional acceptance speech Monday at the Toronto International Film Festival after he was awarded the TIFF Tribute Actor Award.

“When I was 15 or 16, my brother River came home by work along with he had a VHS copy of a movie called ‘Raging Bull,’ along with he sat me down along with made me watch which,” Phoenix said. “along with the next day he woke me up, along with he made me watch which again. along with he said, ‘You’re going to start acting again, which will be what you’re going to do.'”

Joaquin Phoenix attends the "Joker" premiere Monday during the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival.

The actor went on to say, “He didn’t ask me, he told me. along with I am indebted to him for which because acting has given me such an incredible life.”

River Phoenix, a celebrated actor who starred in such critically acclaimed films as “Stand By Me” along with “My Own Private Idaho,” died in 1993 at the age of 23 after overdosing outside of the Viper Room nightclub in Hollywood.

The Phoenix brothers aren’t the only ones who have found success in Hollywood, as their sisters Rain, Liberty along with Summer are also actors.

Joaquin Phoenix also had words of gratitude for them Monday in his speech.

“When I was watching those clips, I thought about my family,” he said. “My sisters, Rain along with Liberty along with Summer, who are still my best friends.”

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