This is my response to the article Joaquin Phoenix thanks Letterman for his “beat down”
The first interview Joaquin Phoenix did with Letterman was very funny, I really thought he was trying to be like Matisyahu but for Hip-Hop music.
I will say this, I think maybe Joaquin’s Hip-Hop act was a bit strange, and not very well received by Hip-Hop listeners, and maybe that is why he is claiming it was all a hoax.
The fact is no one took him seriously as a hip-hop artist. Maybe to save face he is saying it was a hoax. Or is he such a great actor that he fooled not only Letterman but also everyone else who tought he had lost his mind? Who knows? Take a look at the video and decide. However, either way, the fact that he pulled it off is brilliant. My affinity for him comes from his Puerto Rico ties, he was born and lived there as a child. I also admire his work as an activist and humanitarian.
I do think he is not just a good actor but also a brilliant artist, just not a Hip-Hop one.
Here is the NY Times saying just this:
Thanks for the laughs Joaquin lol!