Joaquin Phoenix: 'I'm Still Here rap hoax saved my career'

Joaquin Phoenix: 'I'm Still Here rap hoax saved my career'
Joaquin Phoenix has credited his rap hoax for the mockumentary I'm Still Here with saving his career. The actor made headlines by pretending to give up acting for a rap career and making an awkward appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman in 2009. Director Casey Affleck later revealed that he and Phoenix had perpetrated a hoax for their 2010 faux-documentary. Phoenix has now told Time that I'm Still Here mirrored his real-life frustration with acting. "Part of why I was frustrated with acting was because I took it so seriously," Phoenix explained. "I want it to be so good that I get in my own way. It's like love: when you fall in love, you're not yourself anymore." He went on to say: "You lose control of being natural and showing the beautiful parts of yourself, and all somebody recognises (more)
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