Last October, Joaquin Phoenix declared he was giving up his acting career to reinvent himself as a rapper. On Jan. 16, Joaquin made his debut as a rapper at Las Vegas’ Lavo nightclub. While sporting a rather unattractive, unkempt beard he went on stage to preform three rap songs to a bewildered audience. He stumbled off stage less then fifteen minutes later.
At the time, most believed it is a hoax or that he needs to revisit rehab.
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.
Following the Las Vegas fiasco, Joaquin told a source,
‘It’s a put-on. I’m going to pretend to have a meltdown and change careers, and Casey is going to film it,'”
Though Phoenix’s interest in music is sincere, with this supposed career reboot he is trying to both lampoon pompous actors and punk the media that covers them.
“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.”
I’m not sure the purpose of Joaquin’s hoax – but it is definitely giving him a lot of attention and publicity. Why do you think he is doing this??