Casey Affleck Admits Joaquin Phoenix Documentary a Hoax

September 17, 2010

JoaquinPhoenixrapper[1](ChattahBox Entertainment News) – In case anyone really bought this act which I doubt, the much-hyped new documentary, ‘I’m Still Here,’ which follows a supposed self-imploding Joaquin Phoenix as he tries to break into hip-hop, isn’t real. Phoenix played the bearded drugged-out crazed shambolic hip-hop role on- and off-screen for over two years, including an infamous appearance on the ‘Late Show With Dave Letterman’ in 2009 when he seemed confused and mumbled his way through the interview, leaving the host who was not in on the game, bewildered by the actor’s behavior. Casey Affleck who’s married to Phoenix’s sister Summer, admitted in a Thursday New York Times article that “I never intended to trick anybody. “The idea of a quote, hoax, unquote, never entered my mind.”

In a series of emails that followed the Thursday interview, Affleck, said, most important, that he admires Phoenix for having spent so much time working through a performance that seemed to undercut his public standing.
“His performance is compelling, always watchable, manages to be repulsive and charming, believable in all emotions, completely committed, incredibly brave,” wrote Mr. Affleck. It must have been “tedious” for Mr. Phoenix, he said. “How difficult to resist the cheap joke, the wink, the nudge.” But, he added: “He has the tools for this. He has the goods in spades.”

Phoenix is due to return to “The Late Show with David Letterman” next week — and Affleck said this time he would not be in character.


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One Response to “Casey Affleck Admits Joaquin Phoenix Documentary a Hoax”

  1. Mateo Whitten on September 25th, 2010 2:58 pm

    A hoax? I can’t believe that Phoenix and Affleck expect people to believe that Joaquin wasn’t having a psychological breakdown, and that the whole becoming a rapper thing was simply a giant hoax. I also can’t believe that I’m the only one out there that doesn’t buy it. Surely there are enough people out there that recognize when someone is trying to pull the wool over their eyes…

    I think that Joaquin simply decided to get his act together and looked back on all of it and realized what a complete fool that he had made of himself, and decided that claiming that it was all just an act was a way to get out of looking like such a douchegbag.

    Seriously now, does anyone buy that Joaquin was just acting? I mean, if you are going to do something like that (make a fool of yourself in order to make a phony documentary), they would at least try to make a good documentary…and “I’m Still Here” was horrible.

    Does anyone really believe that Joaquin Phoenix was acting?

    -MW

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