Joaquin Phoenix is upping the ante, in his so-called quest to quit films and become a rapper. The bearded, bedraggled (former?) actor jumped off the stage to fight a heckler during a short performance at a Miami Beach club last night, according to the Associated Press. Security had to drag him away. It’s still unknown whether this whole hip hop career change is a hoax, or for the benefit of brother-in-law Casey Affleck, who’s making a documentary on Phoenix’s “transition.”
It sounds like he definitely brought the crazy in Miami…again. (David Letterman mocked him during a recent appearance for not really being, uh, there, and Phoenix also gave a very weird performance in Vegas not too long ago.) In Miami, Phoenix reportedly kept the crowd waiting for hours, coming out just before 2 a.m. to stumble through some unintelligible lyrics. Before diving into the crowd, he confronted a heckling “fan.”
“I've got millions of dollars in my (expletive) bank account, what do you got, (expletive)?” he screamed, according to MTV. Keep it gangster, Joaquin.
Above: Rapper Joaquin. Photo by Evan Agostini/AP.
Below: Remember this Joaquin? We miss him. Photo by Anne Joyce.
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