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