Well, this is meta. The Joaquin Phoenix “documentary” I’m Still Here which chronicled the eccentric beardo’s transition from acting to hip-hop was all fake. Which means that everything in the past two years – the creepy David Letterman appearance, the retirement announcement, the gnarly facial hair – it was all for the movie. So basically we were all duped into thinking he was kinda nutso, but really, he’s not nutso he just wanted us to think he was, which is nutso in itself. We are exhausted.
Director Casey Affleck told the New York Times yesterday that the movie, which has been labeled a documentary and shows the cameras following Phoenix for the better part of two years is simply “a terrific performance, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the performance of his career.” Affleck said “I never intended to trick anybody. The idea of a quote, hoax, unquote, never entered my mind.” The confirmation that the film was phony makes us marvel at the commitment and secrecy involved, but just like The Blair Witch Project, it’s kind of like, once you find out it’s not real, it’s just not as interesting. Besides, if we’re going to watch a movie directed by an Affleck this fall, you know it’s going to be The Town.