The “Joker” is taking over Toronto.
Joaquin Phoenix, 44, took a stroll down the St. George subway station in Toronto on Monday to check out a publicity campaign promoting veganism.
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Phoenix did not speak with commuters but his appearance clogged the platform stairwells. The two-time Oscar-nominated best actor spent about five-minutes examining the murals.
Anita Krajnc of the vegan advocacy group Toronto Pig Save led the tour that Phoenix took part in. Krajnc met Phoenix while protesting a Los Angeles slaughterhouse last summer.
“He’s so busy, the only window he had was 3 to 5 p.m. today and he has this big award,” said Krajnc. “Yet he took time out to come see Be Fair Be Vegan Toronto because it’s so close to his heart,” said Krajnc.
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The black-and-white images of farm animals are part of a campaign by Colorado-based organization Be Fair Be Vegan.
Phoenix is in Toronto to promote his new “Joker” movie at the Toronto International Film Festival. He is also attending an awards gala that highlights standout creators in the film industry which he will be honoured at.