Joaquin Phoenix Insists His Rap Career Is “Serious”…Really

By: Regan Stephens / February 4, 2009

Joaquin Phoenix, 34, is insisting that his new career as a hip-hop artist is completely serious, despite appearances.

Acclaimed actor Joaquin recently told the press that he was quitting acting forever, and focusing on his music career. He’s recently been sporting a scraggly beard and dark sunglasses wherever he goes.

He recently made his debut as a rapper at Lavo nightclub in Las Vegas with middling results. The supposedly former actor ended his show by falling off the stage.

Friend and brother-in-law Casey Affleck is directing a documentary about Joaquin’s foray into the music business and was present with cameras for the performance.

A story in EW quoted sources as saying that his new career path was a hoax.

Phoenix disagrees, and told the Associated Press that he’s totally serious.

“Might I be ridiculous? Might my career in music be laughable? Yeah, that’s possible, but that’s certainly not my intention,” he said.

“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 continued as reported by People. “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.”

Truer words have rarely been spoken.