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Joaquin Phoenix narrates Peta film

Joaquin Phoenix has resurfaced from retirement to narrate a Peta advert aiming to raise awareness about the cruelty behind the exotic animal skin industry.

The Walk The Line star - who last year announced he was retiring from acting to become a rapper - emerged earlier this year, minus his shaggy beard, in a suicide prevention video - and is now continuing his charitable works, E! Online reports.

Joaquin, 35, narrates the graphic video showing snakes, alligators and other reptiles being hammered to death, skinned alive, nailed to trees and decapitated in the name of fashion.

The actor says: "Exotic animals are mostly unknown to us. And so is what they suffer before being turned into belts and bags.

"You can help stop the suffering. Anything you have that is made from animal skins can be made without. On behalf of PETA and myself, thank you."

It was recently reported Joaquin was coming out of retirement to play Edgar Allen Poe in a new movie, but his representative has denied the rumours.

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