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Joaquin Phoenix Opens A New RAP-ter In His Career (Sorry)

Wait a second. After “retiring” from acting last fall, Joaquin Phoenix has now decided to turn his attention to rapping? Like rap-rapping? And he actually did this? In public? In front of other human beings? Who does he think he is, Shaquille O’Neil? From People:

“After all the years of reading scripts and reading lines, this is my chance to do something straight from the heart and put it out there,” he said. And why hip-hop? “When I was young I liked punk rock music but then I discovered rap. I love the storytelling aspect of hip-hop.”

Phoenix said he was prepared for mixed feedback before taking the stage. “Are there people out there who think I’m a joke? I’m sure there will be,” he told PEOPLE. “Are there people who think it’s going to suck? Probably, but I can’t worry about that.”

After all the years of reading scripts and reading lines, this is his chance to go to the hospital and get the part of his brain that makes decisions checked out. Because WHOOPS, it’s clearly broken. Last weekend he performed three songs at a Las Vegas nightclub, and now there is a video of Joaquin Phoenix rapping terribly at a Las Vegas nightclub, like that’s a thing that exists now. It exists after the jump.

(thanks for the tip, James)

You know, with his new look, this whole thing seems like some kind of Zach Galifianakisian performance art mindfuck intended to alienate and confuse the audience, with the one major difference being that it’s neither alienating nor confusing, just lame and delusional. Take it easy, Josh Fierce.

Are you not entertained? Are you not entertained? You are not entertained.