It didn’t have to come to this. When MTV News published former [artist id=”1235716″]Fall Out Boy[/artist] tour-manager-turned-celebrity DJ Dan Suh’s open letter to rapper/actor Joaquin Phoenix on Tuesday, we were just hoping to make some dreams come true. See, all Suh wanted was to be Phoenix’s DJ. All he got was dissed.
The dissing went down Tuesday, too, when we caught up with Phoenix during a junket for his upcoming film “Two Lovers,” which — if hype is to be believed — will be the actor’s final film before he dives headlong into his burgeoning rap career.
Hoping to facilitate a meeting between the actor and the DJ, we showed [movieperson id=”166907″]Phoenix[/movieperson] a copy of Suh’s letter, and rather than find it amusing or endearing, he found it quite insulting, declaring that he “doesn’t need a DJ” before crumpling up the letter and tossing it over his shoulder.
And with that slight, the beef was on. We spoke to Suh early Wednesday morning (February 4) from his celebrity pool house in Southern California, and rather than letting the whole thing pass, Suh came out firing, taking a page from 50 Cent’s playbook and going after Phoenix’s law-enforcement past, “Officer Ricky”-style .
“I think it’s time to start some beef. [artist id=”2000082″]Rick Ross[/artist] apparently used to be a parole officer, and 50’s been on him for that,” Suh said. “Joaquin Phoenix played a firefighter in [the 2004 film] [movieperson id=”1489367″]’Ladder 49,'[/movieperson] and that’s law enforcement as far as I’m concerned. I don’t know how he keeps his hip-hop cred after something like that.”
Suh has more to say, but he’s deciding to hold back until he hears a response from Phoenix. “I got a crack team of DJ assistants to dig up the dirt,” he laughed. Though he’s heard that the actor/rapper has gone a bit haywire of late, he says he’s not afraid of any retaliation. In fact, he says he welcomes it.
“He knows where to find me. I’m still by the pool house,” Suh said. “I don’t know how hard he’s gonna come back at me, but if he wants to, I’m ready. If he wants to meet me on Twitter, we’ll have it out — 140 characters at a time.”