Speculation on whether Joaquin Phoenix is really quitting acting to become a rapper has been rampant. Is it a hoax? His terrible Las Vegas performance, in which he was pretty much indecipherable, suggests yes. But if his new career is a prank, he and brother-in-law Casey Affleck – who’s documenting the transition on film – are going to flog it ‘til the end, apparently. In this Nielsen Entertainment story, Phoenix certainly sounds serious. And here’s what Affleck says: “It seemed like a kind of interesting period in his life. Here's this very private person who's willing to let a documentary crew do an intimate kind of portrait of him, going to his house and going everywhere he goes. I've never seen anything like that done in a kind of honest, non-exploitive way.”
Phoenix said his raggedy new Grizzly Adams look is meant to sever him from his current leading man public persona. We get it, but can he really not groom….just a little?
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