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Joaquin Phoenix: Real Rapper?

Joaquin Phoenix: Real Rapper?

While Joaquin Phoenix‘s attempt to move from acting to rapping has been the subject of much speculation, two people close to Phoenix say that the actor’s career change is not quite as it appears to be.

News broke earlier this month that Casey Affleck would track the musical career of Joaquin Phoenix in a documentary. Phoenix made his debut rap performance last Friday night at Lavo nightclub in Las Vegas, and ended up falling off the stage. Affleck captured it on video and it was posted on YouTube.

“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. “It’s an art project for him,” the source told EW. “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.”

WHAT DO YOU THINK of Joaquin Phoenix’s rapping career?

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  • Chloe

    What do I think? Not much, just that it’s weird but boring.

  • Abby

    it’ll backfire. he has people genuinely concerned about his psychological state – they’ll feel manipulated. The guy is not known for his comic instincts – he’s known as a serious, dramatic actor – that fuels the genuine concern.

    t’s a funny idea but the drawn out execution is reckless.

  • Logan

    I used to like him a lot, but he’s an idiot.

  • henry gale

    Its a stupid movie and casey is filming it. I wonder if he asked ben for directing advice.

  • Twifanatic Amanda

    ew, i miss movie star joaquin

  • MArley aka mars

    Um is it legal to have a birds nest on your face?

  • eequanimity

    don’t buy it.. Joaquin is too real to put up a hoax like this. I think he is serious about his intentions.

  • wtf

    Just shave and take a bath please.

  • mju8

    pranks aside, i’m just glad he isn’t really quitting acting. he’s one of the best actors of his generation imo

  • hollywould

    I dunno…given his messed up family a lil worried for him.

  • lollipop

    Why bother pretending to have a meltdown? How about rising up to the occasion of being the best you can be? It seems like a waste of time to go through all that effort to pull something silly off. Just saying.

  • [☆I n F a m o u s☆]

    ..poor guy’s using the same drugs his brother did. by the looks of him, they might even be a lot stronger.

  • bella

    OK :I

  • kate

    It may be conscious and he may be in control – but it’s still totally effed up. No way can this turn out to be a good career move. Looking like a dirty sasquatch, acting like a drug addict, and making a complete insane fool of yourself is not, cannot be a good career move. Or even a good personal move. He should just go into hiding and come out in a decade or so.

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  • TaylorSwiftfan

    Whether Jaoquin believes this rapping thing is a front or not, if I were close to him, I’d still concerned for his wellbeing.

    His career was going great yet this move screams desperation and despair. I’m surprised Casey Affleck would agree to participate in this.

    Is mental illness such as being bi-polar a possibility here?

  • Anon

    I don’t think this is true. I think whether he is taping this, and just pretending, or whatever, Joaquin does have serious psychological issues and I also think he has some kind of substance problem. Maybe alcohol, maybe drugs, maybe both. But he is definitely doing something. Joaquin has been off for a while. Not just a few months. He is way too up and down. I hope his family stages an intervention and he goes away for a while to get serious help. I like him and I think he is a fine actor. I don’t want anything bad to happen to him. He was very close friends with Heath Ledger. Joaquin hasn’t been right since Heath died a year ago.

  • Peach

    Yeah right – I believe it…

    It’s not working – so it’s a ploy.


    No big loss in my opinion.

  • Sarah

    I’m a fan of Joaquin, but to be honest the whole thing seems very self indulgent to me. It’s like c’mon honey, you’re going to fake a meltdown to what end? What exactly is he trying to prove with this? It’s a bit much for me.


    hahaha what the hell happened to our big bad boy Commodus? that hillbilly look doesn’t cut it, but looks cool. no rapper out there got that sport these days so why not? :)

  • Shemp lugosi

    Casey and Joaquin are made for each other because they both have (or had) brothers who are vastly more talented. But I’ll give Joaquin credit because the absolutely talentless Reese Witherspoon rode his coattails to a totally underseved Oscar.

  • Shemp lugosi

    Good Lord, I misspelled undeserved! And since she got nothing right about June Carter, I certainly should have spelled the proper adjective to fit her Oscar – UNDESERVED!

  • rossy40

    Are you telling me I was the ONLY one who figured out it was staged?!

  • P

    If he claims hoax now, it is only because he is trying to save face.

  • raquel


  • n.o.l.a

    who cares?

  • Breyanna13

    Are you serious? I knew it was a joke from the very beginning. Joaquin has been my fave since I was nine, and I have watched him F*** with the media FOREVER! He’s laughing at everyone freaking out. “OMG! WHAT HAPPENED TO JOAQUIN PHOENIX?!” “JOAQUIN’S GONE CRAZY!” And he probably has had a hard time since Heath died, wouldn’t you if someone close to you passes away, give him a break. Watch he’ll come back just fine. It will be a “comeback” lol.

  • aprilblue

    He’s bipolar.

  • mark

    Who fucking cares. Like the world is in dire need of another Vanilla Ice. If it is a joke, then one of his handlers needs to inform him that jokes should be FUNNY. If it is not(a joke that is) then why watch this self indulgent hare-lipped waste of space.

  • lu melendez

    ele é tudo de bom!!!!!!eu amo esse homem!queria tocar no corpo dele.e ficar pertinho pedir pra cantar I WALKTHE LINE,JACKSON, E outras.mande-me moticias o amo de paixao. EU AMO ESSE HOMEM

  • Matthew

    I think he should do it, but he really really needs to lose that beard, I think he would make a good rapper, GO FOR IT MAN

  • mugwort

    He’s back now as a vampire Hunter to Abe Lincoln.
    Joaquin Phoenix as Henry Sturgess “Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter”