MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) â€“ Joaquin Phoenix appears to be getting into the act of being a petulant hip-hop star. He jumped off the stage during a short performance at a Miami Beach nightclub early Thursday morning and confronted an audience member who was heckling him. Security guards dragged him back on stage and escorted him away.
It’s unknown whether the confrontation â€” and his pledge to quit acting and start rapping â€” was real or a put-on, but actor Casey Affleck recorded the performance on camera.
Hundreds of people packed the nightclub at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel after the doors opened at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday night.
Several of those in the audience said they came just to see Phoenix, who left them cooling their heels for almost four hours while disc jockeys played house and hip-hop music.
Phoenix came out on stage before 2 a.m., smoking a cigarette and wearing a disheveled dark suit, sneakers and his scraggly long hair and beard.
He began rapping to a beat played by the DJ and nodding to the music, although most of the lyrics were unintelligible. Then he responded to someone who appeared to be heckling him in the audience near the stage.
“We have a (double-expletive) in the audience,” he said before jumping into the crowd. It was not immediately clear whether the two men exchanged any blows.
“(Affleck’s) camera was filming the whole time, so it makes me think he has ulterior motives,” said Luis Gendron, 23, of Miami.
“He knows the game he’s playing, and he’s good at it,” Gendron said of Phoenix.
Video of the incident below…