Turns out the Oscar-nominee's rap career was all for art

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Remember last year when Joaquin Phoenix decided to quit acting to become a rapper? Better question: Will you ever forget?

Turns out, as widely speculated, his grizzly beard and sad MC styles were serving another purpose. The now-clean shaven star is back to normal (well, you know what I mean) and yesterday his brother-in-law, Casey Affleck, showed a private screening of a mockumentary he filmed throughout Joaquin’s faux-fall-from-grace.

While details remain under wraps as far as what the flick is set out to prove, I can’t help but wonder if the joke truly is on us or on the Oscar nominee. Sure, it was all for the sake of art, but is Joaquin still accountable for his tasteless behaviour as “Joaquin The Rapper” or does this now mean a free pass? 

 I simply can’t decide, but either way, that appearance on The Late Show With David Letterman is one for the books.