, they fell for each other while filming the biblical epic, which features Rooney as the titular character and Phoenix as Jesus Christ, in Italy.To further speculations, Rooney, 31, reportedly skipped out on the Golden Globes last weekend to be with Phoenix, 42.
During his period as a child actor he was credited as Leaf Phoenix, his self-given name.
He later went back to his birth name, Joaquín, and received positive reviews for his supporting work in a wide range of films, most notably in the film adaptation of the novel To Die For (1995) and the period film Quills (2000).
In 2010, he told Dave, "I mean, I think that you've interviewed many, many people and I assumed that you would know the difference between a character and a real person.
I hope I didn't offend you in any way."What a character, indeed.
The two were said to be “holed up together” at a spa in Desert Hot Springs, Calif.