Casey Affleck Directing Joaquin Phoenix Documentary
by Alex Billington
January 15, 2009
So all that news about Joaquin Phoenix leaving acting to pursue his career in music actually meant something? Fellow actor Casey Affleck has announced today that he will be directing a documentary about Phoenix' musical career. He decided to leave acting recently to start a career as a rapper (of all things) and is currently working on album produced by Sean Combs. Affleck will start shooting his documentary at Phoenix' first public performance at a Las Vegas club later tonight (Friday, January 16th). This is also Casey Affleck's directorial debut as well, which makes this news even more interesting than it already is.
So although this is Casey Affleck's debut directing a feature film, he did previously direct a series of shorts for Sundance Channel in the late 1990s. And the news didn't list any actual production company, so it sounds like this is a completely independent project that Affleck and Phoenix are funding on their own. I really don't know what to say about this, I'm a bit stunned. A career in rapping? Casey Affleck directing? I would much rather prefer Casey Affleck to stay in front of the camera, not behind it. And as for Joaquin Phoenix, at this point, I'd rather see him stay out of music, too. Is anyone interested in this?