Sep 17, 2010 07:30 AM
We wondered if it might be a hoax, but since I'm Still Here was repeatedly billed as a documentary chronicling Joaquin Phoenix's pursuit of a rap career, we weren't sure what to make of it.
Director Casey Affleck has finally admitted that the whole thing was one big fake, and that Phoenix was acting the entire time. â€œItâ€™s a terrific performance, itâ€™s the performance of his career,â€ Mr. Affleck told the NY Times. â€œThe reviews were so angry. I never intended to trick anybody. The idea of a quote, hoax, unquote, never entered my mind."
â€œThere were multiple takes, these are performances,â€ Affleck continued, referring specifically to scenes that portrayed drug use and Phoenix involving himself with prostitutes. Affleck said he also had to convince Phoenixâ€™s agent at WME Entertainment that he wanted Phoenix to act the part in public, but surprisingly he went along with it. "You would think he would have me killed immediately,â€ he joked.
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