Joaquin Phoenix's New Rap Career a Hoax?
01/28/2009 AT 10:30 AM EST
That's what Entertainment Weekly is reporting. Sources tell the magazine's Hollywood Insider blog that Phoenix's bizarre career change, which Casey Affleck (who's married to Phoenix's sister Summer) has been filming, is a joke at the expense of the entertainment media and actors who take themselves too seriously.
"He said, 'It's a put-on. I'm going to pretend to have a meltdown and change careers, and Casey is going to film it,'" says one source who recently worked with Phoenix.
Like Andy Kaufman before him – or maybe even Sacha Baron Cohen – Phoenix isn't expected to break character anytime soon, EW reports: "It's an art project for him," says a source. "He's going full out. He probably has told his reps that he's quit acting. Joaquin is very smart."
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