Trixie Mattel Orville Peck cover Johnny Cash

What's better than one queer country icon releasing a single? Two queer country icons coming together to release a single.

And now that dream is a reality: Today, Trixie Mattel of RuPaul's Drag Race fame and Orville Peck, noted gay cowboy bandit and psychedelic country musician, dropped a joint cover of Johnny Cash's "Jackson."

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Happy Birthday, Johnny Cash: 7 Most Underrated Songs

"Sometimes I am two people. Johnny is the nice one. Cash causes all the trouble. They fight."

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On February 26, we wear black for the Man in Black himself, Johnny Cash.

The Arkansas-native and prolific country rock legend would have turned 88-years-old today. The "Ring of Fire" singer (though that song was co-written by his wife, June Carter, and Merle Kilgore ), rose to prominence in the 1950s but soon struggled with the pressures of touring. While his struggles with alcohol and drug addictions were widely publicized and he once called himself "the biggest sinner of them all," Cash wasn't just another romanticized figure of outlaw country. He became a symbol of disaffected youth and prisoners' rights, which inspired his stunning live album At Folsom Prison (1968).

"He always identified with the underdog," Tommy Cash, his youngest brother, said. "He identified with the prisoners because many of them had served their sentences and had been rehabilitated in some cases, but were still kept there the rest of their lives. He felt a great empathy with those people."

While his hits live on today, the "Walk the Line" singer's discography is as complex as his dueling images between outlaw country singer and activist: "Sometimes I am two people," he once said. "Johnny is the nice one. Cash causes all the trouble. They fight." Today we remember some of his lesser appreciated tracks and remember the legacy of one of America's first rock stars.

"How well I have learned that there is no fence to sit on between heaven and hell. There is a deep, wide gulf, a chasm, and in that chasm is no place for any man." - Johnny Cash

"I Will Dance with You" (1977)

A duet with Karen Brooks, "I Will Dance With You" features a building instrumentation that pairs perfectly with the driving consistency of Cash's rich baritone.


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Earlier this year, in an interview with Anderson Cooper, Joaquin Phoenix and his family opened up about the death of River Phoenix, in the early morning of Halloween, 1993.

Seven years after his iconic role as Chris Chambers in Stand By Me, River was making a name for himself as more than just a talented child actor—starring in a slate of movies in the early '90s, including My Own Private Idaho alongside Keanu Reaves. But as America was getting to know him, he was apparently getting to know the dark depths of Hollywood in his private life.

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Joaquin Phoenix in Joker

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Good luck finding a movie in 2019 that's sparked more public discussion than Todd Phillips' Joker.

Set in 1981, Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck, a mentally-ill, failed stand-up comedian who turns to a life of crime and chaos in Gotham City. Despite the film spawning debates on mental health, mass shootings, and the value of comic book movies, Joker is a box office smash, becoming the highest earning R-rated movie ever.

One thing isn't up for debate, and that's the dancing ability of Joker. Honestly, Phoenix's dancing is downright impressive. While The Joker displays dark, sadistic, and creepy intentions, Phoenix's moves are dazzling, sophisticated, and majestic. NY Times dance critic Gia Kourlas said Phoenix is a "great dancer" and "moves with uncultivated finesse — dreamily, animalistic, like a rock star."

In Joker, Phoenix has two memorable dance numbers: One takes place in the bathroom and the other on a set of now iconic stairs. The bathroom scene takes place after Arthur kills three men on the subway. While in his faded clown makeup, Arthur runs into a disgusting public bathroom, embraces his inner demons, and celebrates his new love for chaos with a spell-binding dance routine.

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If you've been on the Internet in the past month, you've probably already seen the second dance number, which takes place on a set of now infamous Bronx stairs. Fresh off another kill, Arthur celebrates his new love of violence by chaotically dancing down the stairs on his way to guest star on his favorite late-night talk show.

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Both dances are expertly crafted, but where do they stand among cinema's most memorable dance scenes?

Dirty Dancing, Final Dance

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Nobody puts Baby in a corner, and nobody out dances Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. Joker's dance scenes might be memorable, but Dirty Dancing has an enrapturing dance number that culminates with the iconic lift during "(I've Had) The Time of My Life." In regards to the lift, New York City-based choreographer Sydnie Mosley said to not try it at home because of the difficulty in "finding that point of balance in the air." Good luck trying to mimic Swayze and Grey. Edge: Dirty Dancing

Acting is a strange trade.

By nature of the profession, an actor is supposed to don various masks, completely immerse themselves in a role to the point that they can convince audiences that they're someone else entirely, then discard it all as soon as the show or movie is done—only to start up again as a different character.

Many actors do this effortlessly, but others have dived too deep into their roles, losing touch with their real selves in the process. These actors have taken character acting a bit too far.

1. Joaquin Phoenix — Joker

Joaquin Phoenix confessed that preparing himself for Joker was no easy task. He lost 52 pounds in six months, which is incredibly dangerous, and he found himself fatigued and socially ostracized and on the verge of going "mad." Of course, the Joker is a famously destructive and all-consuming part. For his role as the Clown Prince of Crime in The Dark Knight, Heath Ledger locked himself in a hotel room for a month; and for the same role in Suicide Squad, Jared Leto adopted the Joker's twisted personality, sending bizarre gifts and playing strange pranks on the film's cast and crew.