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Old 01-21-2009, 12:24 AM   #31
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The thrilling and predictable conclusion to his performance:

YouTube - joaquin-phoenix-falls-on-stage
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Wow, how did I miss this the other day?

It's got to be a joke.
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Old 01-28-2009, 07:30 PM   #34
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Jan 27 2009, 05:59 PM | by Josh Rottenberg


Two people close to Joaquin Phoenix tell EW that the actor's recent attempt to reinvent himself as a rapper is not what it appears to be.

Ever since the actor announced he was ditching his career in movies to try to make it as a rap artist, speculation has flown wildly about what, exactly, the two-time Oscar nominee might be thinking. Following his widely panned three-song debut as a rapper at a Las Vegas nightclub on Jan. 16 -- a shambling performance that concluded with the actor falling off the stage -- two competing theories emerged: Either Phoenix is perpetrating an elaborate Andy Kaufman-style hoax (with an assist from his friend and brother-in-law Casey Affleck, who's ostensibly shooting a documentary about his career transition), or he's truly lost his marbles. The truth, it seems, is closer to the former. "He said, 'It's a put-on. I'm going to pretend to have a meltdown and change careers, and Casey is going to film it,'" says one source who recently worked with Phoenix.

Though Phoenix's interest in music is sincere (he earned Oscar and Grammy nominations for his turn as Johnny Cash in Walk the Line and has directed several music videos), with this supposed career reboot he is evidently trying to both lampoon pompous actors and punk the media that covers them. Whatever his motivation or ultimate endgame, don't expect him to break character anytime soon. "It's an art project for him," says a source. "He's going full out. He probably has told his reps that he's quit acting. Joaquin is very smart. This is very conscious. He has a huge degree of control."


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"He said, 'It's a put-on. I'm going to pretend to have a meltdown and change careers, and Casey is going to film it,'"
If that's true? oh, thank god. And also, carry on.
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Whatever, I guess. It's a better possibility then drugs. I gotta say it just seems stupid to me.
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Old 01-28-2009, 10:28 PM   #37
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I heard where Casey Afflek is putting together a documentary about his(Joaquin) music.

I have a feeling this is all a staged Borat style type of prank...

But we'll see

If so it's brilliant, if not it's just sad.


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Two people close to Joaquin Phoenix tell EW that the actor's recent attempt to reinvent himself as a rapper is not what it appears to be.
Maybe I should buy a lotto ticket tonight...

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As long as a hilarious album or movie comes out of this, I'm game.

http://www.myspace.com/joaquinrafaelphoenix
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He's probably not too happy about two people who are supposedly close to him blowing his cover only a few months into what he apparently wants to be a lengthier hoax.
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He's probably not too happy about two people who are supposedly close to him blowing his cover only a few months into what he apparently wants to be a lengthier hoax.

Oy, he's got big worries

He should just shower and shave and get back to acting-and hotness
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It was much better in the club...


LOS ANGELES — Joaquin Phoenix says there's no hoax about it: He really has given up acting to become a hip-hop musician.

Phoenix has been spending his time laying down tracks for a rap album in the recording studio he built at his home, the two-time Academy Award nominee said Tuesday in an interview to promote what he claims is his final movie, "Two Lovers."

After video hit the Internet last month capturing part of Phoenix's debut rap performance at a Las Vegas club, speculation swirled that he was perpetrating an elaborate practical joke.

"I don't know where that comes from," Phoenix said. "If it comes from people that I've had a falling out with, that are (ticked) off at me?"

The video shows Phoenix, in a long, scraggly beard, rapping nearly inaudibly and ends with him losing his footing and falling off the stage. It was an inauspicious start, but Phoenix was adamant that his hip-hop career is real.

"There's not a hoax," Phoenix said. "Might I be ridiculous? Might my career in music be laughable? Yeah, that's possible, but that's certainly not my intention."

Phoenix's friend and brother-in-law, Casey Affleck, was on hand with a camera crew as he did interviews for "Two Lovers." Affleck, who is shooting a documentary about Phoenix's transition to music, said his friend is completely serious.

Phoenix, 34, said he had not expected anyone to care when he made the surprise announcement last fall that he was quitting Hollywood for music. At the time, fans assumed he might build on the country roots he laid down playing Johnny Cash in "Walk the Line," on which he learned to play guitar and did his own singing.

His new rap persona added to the confusion, but Phoenix said he is a longtime fan of hip-hop, speaking fervently about Public Enemy, Ice Cube and other artists he admires.

Phoenix said he has no intention of returning to film after "Two Lovers," a romantic drama co-starring Gwyneth Paltrow and reuniting him with James Gray, his director on "The Yards" and "We Own the Night." The movie opens Feb. 13.

While Phoenix regrets that his coming-out party as a rapper came through poor-quality video over the Internet, he said people would have ridiculed him no matter how good his debut was.

"It sucks that, yeah, the footage is out there as like this incredibly bad sound, and you literally can't hear what's happening," said Phoenix, who still has his bushy beard. "It was much better in the club, and I don't know who said that people were booing ... because that was not happening.

"Unless, of course, it's a pretty big place, and maybe it was happening," Phoenix added, laughing. "But it was not my experience. My experience afterward was I had a lot of dudes come up and say, `We really respect you for doing it, putting yourself out there, and going with it.' Because I think true hip-hop heads know that it's hard, it's going to be a hard transition, and people are going to be lining up just to make fun of me."
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Denying it is just making it look MORE like a hoax.
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Joaquin, I'm sorry you couldn't be here tonight.

YouTube - Late Show - Where's Joaquin Phoenix? - 2/11/09
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boy, that was uncomfortable

and we owe an apology to Farrah Fawcett.
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Old 02-12-2009, 03:16 AM   #45
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This isn't even really funny I mean...this whole thing is pretty stupid, juvenile even.
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