It's Sunday morning, and you know what that means: it's time for our weekly update on Joaquin Phoenix's quest to become the craziest celebrity of all time! Yes, it's issue XVIII of your favorite e-newsletter, Bearded Insanity: The Phoenix Chronicles!
Please note: If you signed up for this newsletter hoping to receive information about the ongoing effort to ban disposable razors in Arizona mental hospitals, you’ve made a mistake. You’re looking for Fuzzy Logic: The Tuscon Tattler. I hope this answers some of the emails that have been flooding my inbox.
The Latest and Craziest!
JP has unveiled his official rapper name, and it’s a doozy! When you’re telling your grandkids about the actor turned hobo who eventually tried to charge the President and was gunned down by Secret Service agents, you can end with “and his name was Young Pheezy.”
By our calculations, this rap name adds thirty points to JP’s overall crazy index. By scrupulously avoiding any use of the powerful imagery associated with the phoenix and relying instead on a garbled parody of every novelty rapper name from the late 80’s, he’s put himself firmly on the road to becoming an obscure Jeopardy question.
But Young Pheezy’s been doing more than flipping through his CDs and combining other rappers’ names. He’s also been out touring, taking his twin products of bored-sounding rap and bewilderment to his fans!
As I’m sure you’ll remember, I was excited to report that at a show in Vegas a while back, JP was both visibly drunk and fell of the stage after his set. It was all we could have asked from our favorite train wreck, but the generous benefactor has done us one better. Here he is leaping off stage to have a fistfight with a heckler! Although in fairness to the heckler, I think he was just shocked to see Matisyahu without his hat on.
The audio is pretty garbled, but I think at 1:46 he says “I’m a fucking baby cop.” If that’s true, we might just have a new entry for our monthly “nuttiest thing JP said” column, not to mention a new idea for our "12 Shades of Crazy" JP fan art calendar!
Film Role He Most Resembles!
For the ninth week in a row, Commodus from Gladiator. For those of you who haven’t seen it, he was crazy.
Let’s see how JP’s antics compare to other entrants in the celebrity hall of batshit lunacy! This week’s contender…Phil Spector!
Joaquin looks like a coroner who fell asleep in a pile of steel wool. Spector looks like a cartoon character who got electrocuted.
Winner—Phil SpectorAs an Artist:
Joaquin refers to himself as “a deep method” actor, meaning that for a period of his life, he actually thought he was an incestuous roman emperor who fought off invading spacemen in the 1300’s (but it was actually present day anyway). His Two Lovers co-star Isabella Rosselini calls him “tortured.”
Phil Spector once pointed a gun at Leonard Cohen’s head and forced The Ramones to re-record the opening chord for “Rock and Roll High School” for eight hours. His son calls him “a monster.”
Winner—Phil SpectorPersonal Life:
As a teenager, Joaquin had to call emergency services when his brother fatally overdosed at Johnny Depp’s party. He then followed the same career path as his dead elder brother for about twenty years before becoming the lovable ball of silence and psychoses that we know today.
Phil Spector built a gold coffin for his wife (while she was alive), killed his girlfriend and locked his son in a room with a bed and a chamber pot for months at a time.
Sorry Joaquin, he’s still got you beat. But he’s like 60 now, and you’ve got many years of full-time nutbaggery ahead of you. We’re rooting for you big guy! How much do gold coffins run these days?
Announcing the winners of last week’s “sound alikes” contest!
First Place: "Walking Penis" (sent in by M. Sommerville of Ann Arbor, Michigan) Second Place: "One King, Penis" (sent in by T. Corey of Fayetville, North Carolina)
Runner Up: "Wincing Ponies" (sent in by C. Valasquez of Caracas, Venezuela)
Congratulations! You will all receive a Bearded Insanity lifetime subscription as well as a lapel pin featuring Joaquin screaming incoherently.
Tracking the Insanity!
On this week’s scales, JP is officially as crazy as…
JP, if you want to keep climbing the charts, take some of these tips to heart:
See you next week, Joaquin Pheonix-tronauts, and make sure to keep those candid JP photos coming!
Seriously, do whatever it takes.
When not bringing you the information you need to make your world a brighter place, Michael serves as head writer for and co-founder of Those Aren't Muskets!