Joaquin Phoenix, rapping beardo no more. A year after his announced retirement, bizarre hip-hop performances and incoherent Letterman interview, the Walk The Line Oscar nominee is quietly returning to the world of acting. Reintroducing his clean-shaven face in a January charity video with Miley Cyrus, Phoenix showed up at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar party Sunday, having told The Hollywood Reporter he was considering new roles. Now Slumdog Millionaire‘s sound designer Resul Pookutty has let slip that Phoenix might be playing Edgar Allen Poe in an adaptation of The Beautiful Cigar Girl.
So what happened to the Captain Crazypants of March 2009? Many have suspected that Phoenix’s public meltdown was a hoax all along, which would help explain why brother-in-law Casey Affleck was filming the spectacle (after the death of River Phoenix you’d think the family wouldn’t be cavalier about these things). If the public cynicism scuttled their plans to the punk the world, Joaquin may have just been hiding out until we’d forgotten all about his kooky antics. But with the actor’s actor joining Miley’s entourage, we wouldn’t be surprised if he still has a games to play.
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