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Joaquin Phoenix Not Mentally Ill

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Feb. 28 2009, Published 5:32 a.m. ET

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(Photo: Splash Photo Agency) With his pronouncements about quitting acting, starting a rap career, and his even more bizarre TV appearances, Joaquin Phoenix keeps the world asking what in the world is going on? Recently, a psychologist contemplated that the actor may be schizophrenic, quickly drawing the ire of Phoenix's rep.

"There is something wrong," Dr. Paul Dobransky told the LA Times. "And it's beyond drug abuse."

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Susan Patricola, Phoenix's rep, blasted Dobransky's analysis.

"How absolutely inappropriate for a doctor who has no personal interaction or relationship with someone to diagnose them," she e-mailed to MTV News. "And to do so in a public forum. Hope they spelled his name right. Another 15-minute 'expert' is born!"

Heavy speculation continues that Phoenix's career change is all apart of some art project being chronicled by his brother-in-law Casey Affleck.


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