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Joaquin Phoenix: ‘Might I be ridiculous? Might my career in music be laughable?’ Well…

The plot thickens. After Joaquin Phoenix (real name Joaquin Bottom) sensationally announced his retirement from acting, the documentary chronicling his tumultuous year-long quest to become a hip-hop musician is getting a cinema release.

Directed by actor and close buddy, Casey “Ben’s Bro” Affleck, “I’m Still Here: The Lost Years of Joaquin Phoenix” has been sold to Magnolia Pictures and is due out in September.

His bizarre public appearances, including his memorable interview on The David Letterman Show are said to be included in the film. The distributors have this to say: “Sometimes funny, sometimes shocking and always riveting, the film is a portrait of an artist at a crossroads. Defying expectations, it deftly explores notions of courage and creative reinvention, as well as the ramifications of a life spent in the public eye.” Sure.

When filming started in 2008 amid rumours that it was an elaborate hoax, Phoenix responded, “This is not a joke. Might I be ridiculous? Might my career in music be laughable? Yeah, that’s possible, but that’s certainly not my intention.”

It remains to be seen whether Joaquin Phoenix (real name Joaquin Bottom) is joining the likes of Vinnie Jones, George Foreman and Arnold Schwarzenegger with an extreme career re-invention. Let’s face it, it MUST be a hoax. But you can bet that everyone involved will try and keep it a mystery for as long as possible to build publicity.

Personally, I’d like to see Phoenix looking less like this:

 Joaquin Phoenix: Might I be ridiculous? Might my career in music be laughable? Well...

And going back to how he looks best:

 Joaquin Phoenix: Might I be ridiculous? Might my career in music be laughable? Well...

In black and white, covered in cigarette smoke.


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