Affleck confirms I’m Still Here to be Not So Real

Casey Affleck, director of the Joaquin Phoenix “documentary” I’m Still Here, has told the New York Times that the film is indeed a fakery.

Just kidding. It had long been rumoured that Phoenix’s decision to quit acting for rapping (and subsequent mental breakdown) was a hoax. The rumours are even discussed in the film. However, Affleck has come clean and revealed that Phoenix had embarked upon a two-year-long “performance”.

“It’s a terrific performance, it’s the performance of his career.”

According to Affleck, almost everything on screen was a fabrication of reality; even the home video footage of Phoenix as a child had been shot with actors and degraded to look old. However, David Letterman was not in on the joke.

Back in May, as Affleck and Phoenix screened the film for potential distributors, it emerged that they were selling the film as an extended performance art piece.

I personally loved the film, and although I recognised that it was not so real, I found it to be a haunting character piece that makes us reconsider the way we consume and deconstruct celebrity culture. You can check out my review here.

Head on over to the NY Times to read Affleck’s justification for his project.

Discuss: Hopefully Justin Bieber’s “meltdown” biopic will be a bit more truthful…

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