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Originally posted 03/12/2009 08:20AM
Taking a cue from other unruly hip-hop stars, Joaquin Phoenix jumped into the crowd of a Miami Beach club early Thursday and confronted an audience member who was heckling him.
A disheveled Phoenix, 34, came out onstage wearing sunglasses held together by duct tape, smoking a cigarette and sporting his now trademark beard. His short performance consisted of him rapping unintelligibly while a deejay spun. He quickly became agitated and said, "We have a [double-expletive] in the audience." Then, addressing the heckler with "I have a million bucks in the bank, what do you got?" he jumped down into the packed LIV nightclub at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel.
Originally posted 02/12/2009 11:40AM
Originally posted 02/03/2009 09:00PM
Joaquin Phoenix insists he's getting a bum rap.
"There's not a hoax," Phoenix tells the Associated Press of doubts about his sudden conversion from movie star to hip-hop artist. "Might I be ridiculous? Might my career in music be laughable? Yeah, that's possible, but that's certainly not my intention."
Questions about his intentions surfaced after the newly bearded Phoenix, 34, took the stage in Las Vegas on Jan. 16 in an ill-fated debut of his new career. A video of his performance shows him falling off the stage, though he says it looks worse than it was.
"I had a lot of dudes come up and say, `We really respect you for doing it, putting yourself out there, and going with it,'" he tells AP. "Because I think true hip-hop heads know that it's hard, it's going to be a hard transition, and people are going to be lining up just to make fun of me."
Originally posted 01/29/2009 12:00PM
Doth the rep protest too much?
In the wake of Entertainment Weekly's having speculated Wednesday that Joaquin Phoenix – with the aid of his brother-in-law, Casey Affleck – was performing an elaborate ruse regarding his transition from Oscar-nominated actor to falling-off-the-stage rapper, Affleck's rep said this career switch is no hoax at all.
In a statement to PEOPLE on Thursday, the spokeswoman said, "I believe the transition from one career to another is never smooth. Unfortunately, Joaquin has had to make this transition in the spotlight of fame."
Originally posted 01/28/2009 10:30AM
Joaquin Phoenix told the world he's quitting acting. Then he took to the stage in Vegas Jan. 16 to debut his new career as a rapper. But is it all an elaborate hoax?
That's what Entertainment Weekly is reporting. Sources tell the magazine's Hollywood Insider blog that Phoenix's bizarre career change, which Casey Affleck (who's married to Phoenix's sister Summer) has been filming, is a joke at the expense of the entertainment media and actors who take themselves too seriously.
"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.
Originally posted 01/17/2009 03:15PM
After announcing his retirement from acting in October, Joaquin Phoenix made his first public foray into the music world Friday, saying he was ready to put his real self out there and not hide behind movie characters.
"This is me saying this is who I am. This is my story," the actor-turned-aspiring rapper told PEOPLE before taking the stage at Las Vegas club LAVO.
For the skeptics, Phoenix says he's serious about his new line of work. Music, he told PEOPLE, is his real love.
"After all the years of reading scripts and reading lines, this is my chance to do something straight from the heart and put it out there," he said. And why hip-hop? "When I was young I liked punk rock music but then I discovered rap. I love the storytelling aspect of hip-hop."
Originally posted 11/26/2008 10:00AM
After announcing his retirement from acting in late October, Joaquin Phoenix is taking a stab at a music career – and documenting the road to stardom!
The Oscar-nominated actor, 34, has already started filming on a documentary "that will showcase his transition from acting to music," says a source.
Last week Phoenix, who played Johnny Cash in the biopic Walk the Line and his pal Casey Affleck hit Culver City night spot Carbon for their funk night where Phoenix surprised the crowd with a rap performance which Affleck recorded. The duo later continued filming at Bardot Hollywood where they even chatted up actor Ryan Gosling who was there for his weekly deejay gig.
Phoenix's rep had no comment.
– Jennifer Garcia
Originally posted 11/03/2008 12:20PM
Joaquin Phoenix is reiterating his claims that he is finished with acting.
To make his point clear, the eccentric star scrawled the words "Good Bye" in black ink across his knuckles at Saturday's Los Angeles premiere of his film, Two Lovers.
Phoenix, 34, made headlines last week when he declared his retirement from being an actor. "I'm done. I've been through that," he said at the time.
"I think it's just moving on," he added Saturday in an interview with the Associated Press. "It's rediscovering something else."
Originally posted 10/29/2008 08:55AM
Joaquin Phoenix dropped quite a shocker at a benefit for Paul Newman's camps for kids Monday, announcing his plans to quit acting.
"I want to take this opportunity ... to give you the exclusive and just talk a little bit about the fact that this will be my last performance as an actor," the two-time Oscar nominee told Extra at the San Francisco event. "I'm not doing films anymore."
"Are you serious?" asked the stunned interviewer Jerry Penacoli.
"Yeah. I'm working on my music," Phoenix insisted. "I'm done. I've been through that."
Originally posted 05/20/2008 01:30PM
Joaquin Phoenix was forced to call in sick to the Cannes Film Festival.
The actor, 33, missed the Monday premiere of his movie Two Lovers after doctors told him he couldn't fly because of his illness.
"Joaquin has the stomach flu," his rep, Susan Patricola, tells PEOPLE. "He had his dog boarded, his tux in hand but couldn't even sit on the plane. He did go to the hospital to get hydrated, hoping he could get on the plane but he didn't stay there. He was so sick – and so sorry he couldn't be there with everyone."
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