I recently saw Joaquin Phoenix's new movie, the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line. He is absolutely amazing in the role of Johnny Cash, the legendary singer/songwriter. Joaquin Phoenix played the character of Johnny Cash just like the way we remember him, the druggie singer who romances, loves, yet never quite WINS June Carter (Reese Witherspoon, see other review on Reese Witherspoon page).
I have never seen any of Joaquin's other movies, but I will do the best I can to get my hands on Ladder 49 (actually visited the set of that movie!) to see more talent like that!