16 Facts You Didn't Know About Joaquin Phoenix, Hollywood's Reclusive Genius

There are certainly plenty of eccentric actors in Hollywood. But few match the sheer wackiness of Joaquin Phoenix. 

In reality, there are a plethora of wild Joaquin Phoenix stories. Perhaps none of which are more bizarre than the time he gave up several years of his acting career to make a “documentary” that featured his dramatic turn from Academy Award-nominated actor to wannabe rapper. During the span of the doc’s two years of filming, Phoenix had to publicly stay in character and could not even tell his friends that his performance was just a ruse.

Despite all the batsh*t Joaquin Phoenix exploits, there’s no denying the actor’s incredible talent. In fact, his talent may be why he can be among the highest-ranking of all Hollywood weirdos and still get cast by the industry’s top directors. Read all about the childhood prodigy turned A-list actor in the list below, then check out our Joaquin Phoenix movies list.