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Joaquin Phoenix: Quitting acting or just acting like he's quitting?

October 29, 2008 | 12:11 pm

Phoenix_2Since there's never been any doubt that Joaquin Phoenix was one of Hollywood's great modern-day eccentrics, it's hard to entirely take seriously the news that he has suddenly vowed to quit acting. After all, the oddball actor is always saying strange things. Working the press line at a fancy premiere for "Walk the Line," Phoenix asked a reporter, "Do I have a large frog in my hair?" When the reporter said no, Joaquin asked a new question: "Is there something crawling out of my scalp?" And how about this red-carpet story: Phoenix wrecked his car and was rescued by none other than ... Werner Herzog!

So I'm guessing the odds are pretty slim that Phoenix will stick to this pledge. Whatever has sidetracked him--playing in a cool band, learning how to cook, figuring out how to spot the moons of Jupiter without a telescope--will soon lose its appeal and he'll be back in action. But his pledge did spark the following idea: Who would make my list of the Top Ten actors we would like to see quit acting? (WARNING -- I'M JUST HAVING FUN HERE):

Click through to read my list, but please do feel free to offer your own suggestions:

10) Keanu Reeves

9) Dane Cook

8) Kate Bosworth

7) Josh Hartnett

6) Robin Williams

5) Renee Zellweger

4) Vin Diesel

3) Thandie Newton

2) Nicolas Cage

1) All of the stars of "Wild Hogs."

Photo of Joaquin Phoenix by Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times