Ever since the first screenings of Joaquin Phoenix’s documentary, I’m Still Here, were screened, many people doubted the reality of the film. Was it real? Or just some stunt from Phoenix to freak everyone out? Well, a recent interview from the film’s director, Casey Affleck, seem to confirm the latter. Yes, Joaquin Phoenix was tricking you. And yes, a good portion of the population fell for it. Best episode of Punk’d ever.
In an interview with the New York Times, Casey Affleck finally revealed to the world that the past year of Joaquin Phoenix’s life was a hoax. Yup, you heard that right. The whole year. The rap career, the weird beard, “bye good”, everything. Affleck claims:
“It’s a terrific performance, it’s the performance of his career.”
He later goes on to say:
“I never intended to trick anybody. The idea of a quote, hoax, unquote, never entered my mind.”
Oh, it probably never entered HIS mind. But Joaquin Phoenix sure as hell intended to deceive us.
If this is true, this is truly the greatest stunt I have ever seen in film. You can’t question Phoenix’s commitment. He wasted a whole year of his career to make a mockery of himself! Take that, America! This little example of method acting will, if anything, nab Phoenix more roles. And is that a good thing? Ehh… sure.
Hopefully, we’ll be able to hear Phoenix’s view on the last year of his life when he returns to Letterman on September 22.