Joaquin Phoenix is a talented, Oscar-nominated actor. But Joaquin Phoenix is also, well, quite an oddball. From asking a reporter on the red carpet if he had a frog in his hair to his infamously bizzare appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman” in 2009, Phoenix has often left people scratching their heads (or maybe they were just trying to figure out if they had a frog in their hair…).
But no Phoenix “stunt” has been more talked about then when he said he was retiring from acting at age 34 in October 2008. He said he wanted to pursue a career as a rapper. Many wondered if this was just an elaborate joke (including friend Gwyneth Paltrow), and the rumors didn’t stop when the world found out Phoenix’s new musical journey would be chronicled in a documentary called “I’m Still Here: The Lost Years of Joaquin Phoenix,” directed by Phoenix’s bro-in-law Casey Affleck.
While watching this trailer, viewers will get the picture that Phoenix was tired of his time in the spotlight. It features a lot of shots of photographers taking photos of Phoenix everywhere. As the trailer goes on, Phoenix looks more and more distressed (and his hair/beard combo gets more and more disheveled). He looks pensively out a window while riding in a limo. He hugs Diddy. He smacks some guy in the face. He’s in a church. He walks off stage. He’s on a boat (no sign of T-Pain, though). He’s taken away by a bunch of security guys. He kicks the crap out of someone in night vision?
From the trailer, I still can’t decide for myself whether this is all just a hoax or not. But all of these shots just makes me wonder what exactly has been going on during “the lost years” of Joaquin Phoenix. And I can’t wait to find out — joke or not.
See if Phoenix is “all there” when “I’m Still Here: The Lost Years of Joaquin Phoenix” hits theaters on Sept. 10.
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