When actor Joaquin Phoenix announced last October that he was retiring from acting in order to pursue his musical career, it was speculated here in the Moviefile that maybe he was just a little bit crazy. It certainly seemed an unexpected development, considering that his other career choices in film were pretty smart in recent years, having starred in Walk the Line and the last two M. Night Shyamalan movies that were any good. Today, Phoenix's planet-sized crazy has managed to pull brother-in-law actor Casey Affleck into its orbit. Affleck isn't following suit and retiring from acting, too, but he will be taking on the role of documentarist in order to film the progress of Phoenix's new musical career.
It seems like the makings of the shortest documentary ever, but apparently it will be a feature-length project. Filming kicks off tonight in a Las Vegas club where Phoenix will make his stage debut as -- wait for it -- a rapper. Seriously. Joaquin Phoenix is a rapper. His debut album will be produced by Sean "Puff Daddy then P. Diddy then Just Diddy" Combs, as soon as someone can convince Mr. Combs he isn't dreaming and that he did, indeed, agree to sign on for this thing. A cursory search through the Interwebs isn't turning up the name of this club, but perhaps it's best kept a secret until the would-be rap star perfects his gangsta ways.
What do you think? Will Joaquin's career soar like a phoenix or plummet to earth in a fiery blaze?