January 28, 2009 at 12:00 PM EST

Joaquin Phoenix’s publicist insists that the actor’s recent foray into rap music is no hoax. Responding to growing speculation (including an EW.com story in which two people close to Phoenix say that his plans to retire from movies to focus on a music career may be an elaborate put-on), Susan Patricola told MTV News, “The transition from one career to another is never seamless. It shouldcome as no surprise to anyone that Joaquin came from a musical family,in addition to winning a Golden Globe for his portrayal of JohnnyCash…. He intends on exploring hismusical interests despite speculative, negative or positive reactions.”

You May Like