Director: Joaquin Phoenix is a 'Crazy Person'
One person who is deeply unhappy about Joaquin Phoenix's transformation from serious actor to rapping eccentric is James Gray, the director of Joaquin's last film Two Lovers.
Two Lovers is the project that Phoenix was supposed to be promoting when he made his now infamous, monosyllabic appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman.
"It’s like, Letterman was trying to get the movie out there, but the only thing that’s out there now is a crazy person with a beard making a fool of himself!” Gray exclaimed to the Times of London.
Phoenix says that he's trying to focus all his efforts on becoming a hip-hop performer, but some allege that this is merely a Borat-type hoax.
His brother-in-law Casey Affleck is reportedly filming a documentary about Phoenix's efforts. Affleck wasn't spared Gray's vitriol.
Gray referred to Affleck as "a clown."
“I have no idea what the hell that guy is shooting,” he said. “The whole thing is not to my taste, and I’ve let Casey know this.”
Despite his rage at Phoenix for not promoting his movie, Gray admits that he doesn't think that Joaquin's transition is a hoax.
“Towards the end of the movie he kept saying, ‘I’m tired, I’m tired, I don’t want to act any more. I’ve been doing this for 30 years and I can’t take it!’ And I thought, at the time, he was just tired. But I must say, I’ve seen him in his house, and he has his own recording studio that he built right there. So if this is a hoax, then it’s the most elaborate thing that I have ever seen," Gray insisted.