Thursday, March 12, 2009

Now That’s What I Call Method

Joaquin Phoenix got into a fight last night – and we liked it.

Scraggles, as I’m dubbing him, was “performing” (or something like it) his first of three songs at LIV at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach, when he felt someone in the audience was heckling him.

“Bitch!” he yelled into the mic. “This a $3,000 f---ing suit!”

And then he dove into the crowd, looking to give someone a bruising. Security rushed in after him, natch, and here’s the kicker: his brother-in-law Casey Affleck documented the whole thing on film.

Affleck, of course, is making a documentary about Phoenix’s bizarre career leap from acting to rapping, which lends credence to the notion that Phoenix is pulling a fast one on us and this unkempt-looking, being-difficult-with-Letterman thing he’s doing is nothing but Method acting at its most dedicated and entertaining. Or, again, something like it.

Update: I almost forgot to share with the rest of the class that Scraggles met up with Willem Dafoe at the club.

MC Phoenix and Dafoe (who was in town for the Miami International Film Festival) met up in one of LIV’s skyboxes. The two chatted and laughed for a few minutes, while Affleck documented their interaction.

And, of course, Phoenix stayed in character the entire time, which I bet was rather fascinating to Dafoe. Sure was fun to watch.


Anonymous said...

Wow, that's cool!

Anonymous said...

He looks like a used douchebag!

Anonymous said...

leave him alone. the only difference between what he's doing and what sacha baron cohen did in borat is that no one knew who SBC was so they couldn't brand him a freak or make stupid assumptions about his state of mind. it's called PERFORMANCE ART, people!