Joaquin Phoenix Wishes You Could Pronounce His Name Correctly.

It’s pronounced wä-K?N F?N-ix people. His first name is not pronounced like “Walk-ing.” The actor can’t understand why it’s so hard to the public and media to pronounce his name. He may want to switch it back to the much easier to pronounce Leaf.

He says, “I was born in Puerto Rico and Joaquin is a Spanish name. And when I came to the US, nobody could pronounce it. They would say, ‘What’s your name?’ And I would say, ‘Joaquin’ and they would go, ‘Walk-ing? Walk – what?’ And you know how kids always get bothered with that kind of thing. Like, ‘No! My name is…’ So it bothered me and so I changed it. (The worse is) ‘Joe Wa-Keem’ – I have been called that a lot in Europe. I think there’s maybe a German or French name like that.”

Joaquin Phoenix Is Annoyed With Name Mispronunciation [Starpulse]