Last October, Phoenix announced that he was quitting acting. Since then, hes grown a bushy beard and claims to be pursuing a rap career.
After a bizarre interview with David Letterman this past Wednesday (Feb. 11), the Internet is buzzing with theories that Phoenixs schtick is an elaborate hoax being filmed for a documentary.
Hoax historian Joe Nickell says its a tough call.
While there have certainly been intricate hoaxes in the past like the Cardiff Giant hoax where a fake petrified giant was exhumed from the ground, or the man who formed a fake committee that was outraged by naked animals Nickell says theres no proof either way that Phoenix is pulling a fast one.
Nickell believes Phoenixs situation may be more of a rumor or conspiracy theory rather than hoax.
Unfortunately, every hoax is different, and Nickell says there are no standard warning signs for a duping.
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