Joaquin Phoenix is a mess. It’s 11 March 2009, and he’s just pitched up at Miami nightclub LIV.
Sporting a black suit, an unruly save-that-for-later beard, and a pair of dark glasses, he’s not exactly the sharp Hollywood movie star he used to be.
Why’s he here? To rap, of course. Getting up on stage, Phoenix makes a go at a dirty rap song before heckling from the audience causes him to pause.
“We have a double-expletive in the crowd,” he says, before the jaded jeers prompt our bearded stage-hogger to launch from the spotlight and confront the man responsible.
“I saw the guy screaming at Joaquin, and Joaquin just came down,” reported an onlooker afterwards. “[Casey Affleck's] camera was filming the whole time, so it makes me think he has ulterior motives.”
Wait, Casey Affleck? Oh, right. Hollywood actor Affleck, who also happens to be Phoenix’s brother-in-law, is filming the off-the-rails star for a new documentary called I’m Still Here.
So this is all a performance, right? Method gone mad? Uh, maybe. Let’s investigate…
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