Joaquin Phoenix has admitted that he’s deliberately spoiled his movie heartthrob image.
The Walk the Line star, 34, is quitting movies for music and now sports a scraggy beard and scruffy clothes and hair.
And Phoenix insists he has never felt better.
“People have called me a sex symbol but it’s very much an effort,” he said. “People know me as this kind of thing and in some ways I don’t know that this is my look.
“It’s been important for me to just do something that’s extreme – that really separates me from that public Joaquin Phoenix persona, whatever the f*** that is. Or maybe I’m just lazy.”
Phoenix recently said he is determined to make it as a rapper – even though he admits most of his songs are “crap”.
“I have ten songs and three of them I think are really good,” he said. “The others are pretty crap but we’re working on them. But I don’t really feel this pressure to get an album out because I think things are different now. You don’t necessarily have to release a record. You have a website and you sell, you do a couple singles, you do an EP and then you let it grow.”
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