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Phoenix Gig Ends in Brawl

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Mar 12, 2009 | 8:18am EDT

Actor-turned-rapper Joaquin Phoenix had to be restrained by a security guard at a gig in Florida -- after he launched himself at a heckler in the audience (scroll down for the video).

The star -- who has quit acting to pursue a hip-hop career -- was playing a gig at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel in Miami on Wednesday night when the incident occurred.

Fans packed into the hotel's nightclub waited four hours until Phoenix eventually appeared on stage at 2 a.m., mumbling the words to his songs over a backing track.

And when one man began jeering from the crowd, Phoenix jumped down from the stage to confront him, yelling, "We have a b***h in the audience. I've got $1 million in the bank, what have you got?"

Phoenix was restrained by security guards and dragged away.

Audience member Jorge Lledo says, "I saw the guy screaming at Joaquin, and Joaquin just came down."

The incident was captured on camera by Phoenix's brother-in-law Casey Affleck, who is said to be filming the star's career change for a documentary.

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