Joaquin Phoenix's Rap Career Might Be a Prank

January 28, 2009 By:
Joaquin Phoenix's Rap Career Might Be a Prank

We were all a little shocked when Joaquin Phoenix announced that he was finished with the film industry, and wanted to focus solely on a career in music. But not just any music career.

Joaquin surprised fans a couple of weeks ago when he appeared in Las Vegas, rapping on stage. The whole thing was caught on camera by brother-in-law Casey Affleck.
But before you go making fun of his efforts, it may all be a prank on us.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Joaquin’s latest stunt is just that. A source tells the magazine, "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.”

Another source told the magazine, "It's an art project for him. 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."

Joaquin acknowledged to People just before taking the stage at Lavo in Las Vegas that people might not take his new gig seriously. He asked the crowd in Vegas, "Are there people out there who think I'm a joke? I'm sure there will be. Are there people who think it's going to suck? Probably, but I can't worry about that."

Wow, if it is a big prank, we don’t know what to say. Couldn’t he and Casey have come up with a better idea? How bout an interesting and educational documentary? It just seems like the dumbest idea if it is a prank. And if he’s for real, and never wants to return to film, we wish him the best! Because he needs it!