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BREAKING: Joaquin Phoenix Has Made Good On His Oscars Promise By Releasing A Video Of Himself Rescuing A Cow

Source - Joaquin Phoenix didn't wait long to walk the walk after mentioning the plight of mother cows and their babies in his Best Actor speech at the Academy Awards ... and a mama and her calf are living happily together because of it.

The "Joker" star visited a slaughterhouse run by Manning Beef in Pico Rivera, CA the day after the Oscars to have a sit-down talk with Anthony Di Maria, president and CEO of the company ... and it led to something remarkable.

Though the 2 butted heads over the nature of the industry, Phoenix and Di Maria found some common ground and the actor helped LA Animal Save liberate a mother cow and her newborn calf, a daughter.

Joaquin's seen carrying the baby cow away from the holding area where she was born and onto a trailer with her mom. The bovine family will now be able to live and grow together at a Farm Sanctuary location in northern L.A. County ... and they now have names.

Phoenix named the mama cow, Liberty, and the calf, Indigo.

The video: 

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Good Stuff. Listen, I'm not here to make light of the hills people choose to die on. That's not what I do and that's not what Barstool does. But I'd be lying if I said parts of that video didn't make me laugh. For starters, this guy: 

Anthony Di Maria. Who if this video was released ahead of Oscar season should've won Best Actor for pretending to give a shit about what Joaquin had to say. The fact that Joaquin actually thought the guy who's job it is to slaughter cows would care about slaughtering cows is funny no matter what way you cut it.

The good news is, despite their differences, they were able to gain some sort of mutual understanding. 

Joaquin says … "I never thought I’d find friendship in a slaughterhouse, but meeting Anthony and opening my heart to his, I realize we might have more in common than we do differences. Without his act of kindness, Liberty and her baby calf, Indigo, would have met a terrible demise."

This isn't a first for Phoenix either. As we reported … he passed on the SAG Awards after-parties last month and instead headed to a slaughterhouse, where he comforted trucks full of pigs on their way to be killed.

Joaquin joined dozens of protesters who congregate there twice a week, calling their demonstrations "pig vigils." Of course, Phoenix also reportedly convinced the Hollywood Foreign Press to serve an all-vegan menu at the Golden Globes.

It'll be interesting to see how he changes once he snaps out of his Joker character. Until then, keep doing you Joaquin. And congrats to Liberty and Indigo on the new digs. You deserve it.