Joaquin Phoenix: The New Andy Kaufman?

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Nothing to do with politics, but a lot of people are talking about the following clip as if it’s evidence that Joaquin Phoenix has lost it.

Listen, the guy is one of the best actors of his generation. You don’t think he’s playing a part here?

For further evidence that Phoenix is just having fun, take a look at his acceptance speech from the 2008 People’s Choice awards…

Pretty unconventional and certainly creative.

What’s more, all of his friends, like Casey Affleck and director James Gray, are supportive of this move. Do you really think they’d be cool with it if they thought he was nuts?

Here’s Phoenix “quitting” acting…

Note how overly seriously those guys were. I mean, come on…

Folks, I think it’s pretty obvious he’s taking us all for a ride, and it’s something we haven’t seen since Kaufman did it back in the day. It takes a lot of bravery and, yes, a little bit of madness, but certainly not the bad kind.

Long story short, enjoy this sort of thing. Because it doesn’t happen very often.

By the way, THIS is crazy…

Gotta love the Glover.