In one of the oddest videos I've watched all year, Joaquin Phoenix tells E! that he's retiring from acting in order to pursue his music career. What's weird about the video is that the E! dude kind of laughs off the ultra-serious Phoenix when he claims he's quitting, and by doing so kind of insults the actor musician. As Phoenix walks away, peeved no one took him seriously during a moment that obviously meant a lot to him, the E! host struggles to regroup but it's too late. So then they grab Casey Affleck in mid-stride and he's all like, "Yeah, he's going to pursue this music thing" -- as if it was common knowledge.

Actually Casey, it's not common knowledge. And I'd be totally fine with this if it were, say, Jessica Simpson, but Joaquin Phoenix, in my opinion, is one of the best actors we have working today. What the hell? Phoenix's last completed movie was the James Gray-directed Two Lovers, due out in 2009, and that's it for now. If you want to follow the guy, you'll have to do so by checking out his band The Lady is a Tramp.

But is this for real? Actors with long beards often say crazy things in quiet voices because they want people to listen, and not that they want to be heard. (Don't know the difference? Watch White Men Can't Jump.) So check out the video after the jump and let us know what you think. Is this dude serious? And if he is, do you support his quest to pursue a career in music?