No Joke: Joaquin’s Rap Career a Hoax?

If it seems there’s no rhyme or reason to Walk the Line actor Joaquin Pheonix suddenly ditching his respectable acting career to become a rapper, there could be good cause for that.

Snitches apparently close to the actor are telling Entertainment Weekly that Phoenix, 34, is just be trying to pull one over on the media’s camera lenses.

Casey Affleck, who’s married to Joaquin’s sister Summer Phoenix, has been chronicling his brother-in-law’s transition into the realm of hip hop.

But one insider claims, “[Phoenix] 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.'”

Pheonix is doing a spectacular job with the “meltdown” part; two weeks ago he gave a performance at Lavo in Las Vegas, wherein he maniacally bounced up and down while spitting rhymes, then fell off the stage.

Just don’t expect the green MC to fall out of the supposed hoax anytime soon.

“He’s going full out. He probably has told his reps that he’s quit acting,” says another EW source. “Joaquin is very smart. This is very conscious. He has a huge degree of control.”

And if there is indeed any truth in the fiction—or vice-versa—we all may just have to wait for Affleck’s movie to arrive before finding out.