WATCH: Joaquin Phoenix rapping

Joaquin Phoenix: from Hollywood to hip-hop

After announcing his retirement from acting last month, Joaquin Phoenix made his first appearance as a music star this Friday.

Taking to the stage at Las Vegas club Lavo, the actor told the crowd: ‘This is me saying this is who I am. This is my story.’

Phoenix says he is now ready to stop hiding behind move characters and embrace his true passion: music.

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‘After all the years of reading scripts and reading lines, this is my chance to do something straight from the heart and put it out there,’ he said. And why hip-hop? ‘When I was young I liked punk rock music but then I discovered rap. I love the storytelling aspect of hip-hop.’

But the actor – barely recognizable from his Gladiator
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