Gwyneth Paltrow Isn’t Buying Joaquin Phoenix’s Hip-Hop Act

'It seems odd,' actress says of her 'Two Lovers' co-star's decision to swap acting for rapping.

Gwyneth Paltrow isn’t buying all this Joaquin Phoenix hip-hop hype.

Yes, even despite Phoenix’s rather thuggish behavior at a Miami concert on Thursday — when he leapt into the crowd and wailed on a heckler — Paltrow, who stars with Phoenix in the film “Two Lovers,” isn’t convinced that he’s given up his acting career to focus on rapping.

“I’m not a hundred percent sure that that’s really going to be the case,” she told MTV UK during a promotional junket for the film. “I think that there might be some other explanation or something going on. I’m not quite sure what, but I can’t believe that he’s really going to quit forever to become a rapper. It seems odd.”

And that puts Paltrow squarely in the ever-growing camp of people who suspect that Phoenix’s hip-hop career is actually just an elaborate hoax , despite his publicist’s assertions to the contrary . But even if she has her doubts, that doesn’t mean Paltrow’s not paying attention to Phoenix’s every move. And she might even be taking a few notes.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to announce that I’m quitting acting to become a rapper,” she laughed. “So, I’m going to write ‘good-bye’ across my knuckles and everything. Do you have a pen?”

While our colleague didn’t have a pen handy, he did manage to ask Paltrow — who has sung both onscreen and onstage, and who, along with husband Chris Martin of Coldplay, is close friends with rapper Jay-Z — if she had any advice for Phoenix on his burgeoning hip-hop career. Turns out she did, and it’s actually pretty sound: Start building street cred.

“What advice would I give to Joaquin?” she laughed. “Hmm … maybe to go live in the projects for a few years to get some authenticity, maybe.”

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