I think Kaufman wanting to be a wrestler was a bit more obvious, considering his size. Phoenix's situation is more like Kevin Federline's, or a Vanilla Ice comeback. I agree, it doesn't matter. But damn it all if it isn't as fun as watching someone fall on the subway tracks. Will he make it? Is it curtains for this poor bastard? Wait for it...wait for it.
I don't buy it. The "hoax," that is. I seriously believe he wanted to be a hip-hop star as much as Keanu Reeves wanted to be a bad-ass bass player or Jennifer Lopez wanted any kind of talent. Phoenix stuck his dick in the water and found out it was way more difficult than he thought, so he gave up. And what a convenient surrender it was. "Surprise! It was a joke. Now where is that pile of scripts I need to sort through?"
The (now fashionably) comparison to Andy Kaufman has GOT to stop, people. If these two sperm-leftovers weren't able to pull off a simple hoax like this convincingly, then they sure as hell wouldn't be smart enough to emulate someone like Kaufman.
I say Phoenix counted his chickens before they hatched. No matter. The good news is that people are morons and have all the attention span of Ozzy Osbourne. They'll forget about this in the time it takes Joaquin to shave the beard and untangle his hair.
Now I'm just waiting for Billy Bob Thornton to come out and admit The Boxmasters was just a giant "performance piece."
We truly are among greatness. Someone shoot me.
Ahh...Kubrick still provoking questions well after his death. The mark of a pure genius.
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