By Teresa Jue
Updated December 09, 2014 at 05:56 PM EST
Credit: CBS
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Joaquin Phoenix may not be at I’m Still Here levels of meta-method acting, but the actor is still making fun of the weird life that is being a celebrity, adding some spice to the round of publicity for Inherent Vice.

Monday night on Letterman, Phoenix made an appearance and relayed a very Hollywood love story about how he fell for his yoga instructor, who would twist him into all sorts of strange positions in the name of yoga. Phoenix also noted nonchalantly that he was engaged to said yoga teacher. It was bonkers and totally something a celebrity would plausibly do, so it yielded applause from the audience.

However, this is Joaquin Phoenix, and that was a lie.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Phoenix made up the entire story, telling George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America, “I think like my life’s so boring, and it seemed like something exciting to talk about, and I wanted the audience to like me. They really like people getting married. I thought, I can say I’m getting married. I can get engaged again, if you like?”

Phoenix, opined further on the faux-engagement on Live! With Kelly and Michael, denying that he even did yoga at all. Applause all around for Joaquin Phoenix, for making fun of every celebrity engagement story that there ever was.

Inherent Vice

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  • R
  • 148 minutes
  • Paul Thomas Anderson