Yes, that is really Joaquin Phoenix. I don’t know if this is all some kind of big joke that the bearded Joaquin is playing on the world, but he retired from acting in October, and here is what he said last week to People: “This is me saying this is who I am. This is my story. After all the years of reading scripts and reading lines, this is my chance to do something straight from the heart and put it out there. When I was young I liked punk rock music but then I discovered rap. I love the storytelling aspect of hip-hop.”