Affleck To Direct Phoenix’s Music Career… As A Rapper?

Published 6 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 7:21 am,

joaquin phoenix and casey affleck Affleck To Direct Phoenixs Music Career... As A Rapper?This isn’t the sort of thing we usually cover here at Screen Rant, but we thought you might be interested… As you probably already know Joaquin Phoenix announced (to a disbelieving reporter on the E! Channel) that he was quitting acting and turning to music (if you haven’t seen the video already check it out here).

One of the reasons reportedly being because of how well his musical ability was received when he starred as Johnny Cash in Walk The Line.

But most, if not all, of us thought he was just joking, playing a prank on the public just to see what the reaction would be. But it’s been months now and apart from the release of a movie he’d already filmed (called Two Lovers) we haven’t heard any news of him signing on to do any acting projects.

Well it seems that he really is giving the music business a go as word has come out that his brother-in-law and best friend Casey Affleck is going to be documenting his career from behind the camera. But not as a singer (and perhaps guitar player) as his role in Walk The Line suggested…

As crazy and out of left-field as this may sound apparently Phoenix’s music career will be as a rapper. Yes, that’s right, a rapper. I even struggle to type that word with regards to this. A rapper… really?!

He is set to release his first album which will be produced by Sean Combs aka P. Diddy and is set to make his first rapping appearance in Las Vegas tomorrow, which will also see the start of Affleck’s documentary shoot. Affleck will be repped by Endeavor and Brillstein Entertainment Partners. He is usually known for working in front of the camera and his only directing experience is making a few shorts for the Sundance Film Festival around a decade ago.

Wow, I don’t quite know what to say. This immediately reeks of an elaborate practical joke – Joaquin Phoenix, the guy who portrayed the legendary Johnny Cash, is going to be a rapper? That really is a story to try and get your head around.

It’s common for actors to want to try their hand at music – Johnny Depp, Keanu Reeves and Juliette Lewis to name but a few – but I don’t think there’s ever been such a drastic change from acting to music like this before. Something tells me this is just something that Phoenix wants to try, that once it doesn’t quite work out as planned (I’m not saying it’s not possible but it’s unlikely) he’ll be back to the realm of acting.

So are you still skeptical about whether or not Phoenix is serious about this or should we believe what he says and just accept him as a music star?

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. My initial reaction was “Really?” I could understand if he was pursuing something with a guitar and singing. Now that I hear he’s going to rap it becomes “REALLY!?!?!” How could such a talented actor really give up what he is amazing at to pursue a music career in a genre that has never really produced a serious white performer other than Eminem (who is almost too tongue in cheek to consider “serious”). I hope he comes to his senses and does what he does best: act.

  2. a rapper???!!!!
    a music career , I can see that…….but rapping ??
    that sounds like BS to me , either that or Joaquin needs to speak to his doctor about getting his meds adjusted .

  3. drugs? alcohol? practical joke?
    this can not be real, if it was a guitar or singing, yeah, can get that, but rapping? like in whassup homies? The Emperor of Rome is gonna rap?
    too crazy for words!

  4. I think he’s doing it all for the sake of this “documentary.” Think about it, the abrupt announcement for publicity, the announcement that it will be rap, for more publicity, and then performances for the sake of the camera. If he would have picked some other type of music, it might not be as “crazy” and you wouldn’t have written this blog, same with other sites, meaning less publicity.

    That’s my hypothesis…

  5. God, he’s like Val Kilmer playing Jim Morrison in that interview. There’s a whiff of Spinal Tap about this. If not, there’s a stench coming off his rapping, that’s for certain. Even worse than Juliette Lewis’s dirgelike pub rock nonsense, bless her. He can’t lay claim to any kind of authenticity until he’s been roundly bottled offstage like Keanu was with his lot Dogstar at either Glastonbury or the Reading festival, I forget which.

  6. Why do actors think they have to do it all…Joaquin Phoenix needs to stop surrounding himself with sycophants, pull his head from his arse and stop throwing away his career as a great actor. These people should not be allowed to get away with this type of obsequious behavior…Probably allowing alcohol to cloud his judgement and run his life right now..Your performance in Walk the Line was fantastic but this just reeks of over-inflated ego…

  7. This is the most hilarious thing I’ve heard all day, and that video is awesome!

    I hope its a practical joke and he lols at everyone, if not, hes extremely mentally deranged.

  8. I have a lot of respect for Phoenix as an artist… but the video of him rapping.. COME ON. It sounds like something Bam Margera did all drugged out… you have the money and the fame and somebody will listen to you no matter how bad it is…. but please… Joaquin go back to acting!!!