Today We Learned: Joaquin Phoenix Fooled the Public…
Today we learned that actor Joaquin Phoenix fooled the public for two years, saying that he has retired from acting and decided to become a rapper. It was later revealed that it was all a hoax and done for his mocumentary ‘I’m Still Here’.
The whole point of it was to make a commentary on the phenomenon of reality TV, in particular how anyone could believe the popular reality TV shows were entirely unscripted. Phoenix mostly assumed people wouldn’t take him seriously because he was doing such an intentionally transparent fake. He even dropped character with Dave Letterman immediately after this interview below, in front of the live audience.