ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

The music connection:

In October 2008, Phoenix announced his retirement from acting. His next project: a hip-hop career. His life as a rapper has been marked by a series of rather absurd performances -- he tripped off a stage in Las Vegas and he tackled a fan in Miami. It's all inspired many to question whether or not the whole thing is a big joke. Phoenix insists he's serious. The whole career change is being caught on film by pal Casey Affleck, who is supposedly making a documentary about Phoenix's career switch. Seth Browarnik / Associated Press
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