Joaquin Phoenix returns to his acting roots? Joaquin Phoenix may be returning to his acting roots. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the actor is attached to the film Big Shoes. The plot follows a foot and shoe fetishist who also is an amazing footwear designer. The actor was also circling the period thriller The Raven and Sean Penn’s Genius. Big Shoes — to be directed by Steven Shainberg, who tackled fetishism with 2002’s Secretary is currently looking for financial backing. Phoenix, who retired from acting back in 2008, will next be seen in the documentary I’m Still Here.