I swear I hope this really is a joke.
According to Entertainment Weekly, an inside source says that Joaquin is working with Casey Affleck to make a documentary on Joaquin's transition from really good actor to a bum-looking, terrible rapper.
"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,'" the insider told the mag.
"It's an art project for him," another source to EW. "He's going full out. He probably has told his reps that he's quit acting. Joaquin is very smart. This is very conscious. He has a huge degree of control."
Well that would, at least, make me feel a little better. I'd much rather think Joaquin was engaging in some sort of artistic masterpiece than losing all touch with reality.