Joaquin Phoenix Insists Rap Career Is Real
Posted on Thu Jan 29, 2009 08:30 AM PDT

Joaquin Phoenix JoaquinRap200.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - A spokesperson for Joaquin Pheonix says the Academy Award nominated actor's decision to give up the movie business and become a rapper is entirely real.

Rumors have been circulating around the internet this week that Phoenix was pulling an elaborate practical joke.

"The transition from one career to another is never seamless. It should come as no surprise to anyone that Joaquin came from a musical family, in addition to winning a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Johnny Cash," Susan Patricola wrote in an e-mail to MTV.

"He intends on exploring his musical interests despite speculative, negative or positive reactions."

Some claim this denial may be part of the rouse.

Entertainment Weekly reports that Phoenix views this as "an art project" and has involved his agents, publicists and even his brother-in-law Casey Affleck, who is directing a "documentary" on Phoenix's attempt at a rap career.