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Discuss: Joaquin Phoenix

01.20.2009

Movie news is a little slow these days, with the Martin Luther King holiday and all, so I thought it might be interesting to get ya'lls opinion on Joaquin Phoenix and his recent decision to quit acting and pursue a career as a rapper. For anyone who doesn't know what the f*ck I'm talking about, check out the 3 videos below, the first of which is him officially announcing his retirement on TV's "Extra". The following videos are his recent "rap debut" at Club Lavo in Vegas over this past weekend (he falls to the floor at the end of the second video). My question to everyone is: do you think this is all part of a grand hoax or mockumentary or some kind, or do you think this career move (and his recent "new look") is for real?

According to the NY Daily News, Phoenix's brother-in-law Casey Affleck (he's married to Phoenix's sister Summer) is filming all of the WALK THE LINE actor's activities of late, leading some to question the reality behind it all. That said, Sean "Diddy" Combs is reportedly gonna be producing his first album (no release date announced yet). Phoenix has repeatedly confirmed his desire to leave acting and recently stated that the upcoming TWO LOVERS would be final "performance as an actor". And for anyone who thinks his new career is a joke, Phoenix says "This is who I am. This is my story. Are there people out there who think I'm a joke? I'm sure there will be...I can't worry about that." So what do you all think? Joke or for realz?

PHOENIX ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT ON "EXTRA"

PHOENIX RAPS IN VEGAS

PHOENIX RAPS AND FALLS IN VEGAS

Extra Tidbit: Joaquin's older brother, River Phoenix, died of a drug overdose in 1993.
Source: NY Daily News

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