Casey Affleck is Serious About That Joaquin Phoenix Rap Doc
There's been a lot of chatter concerning Joaquin Phoenix's departure from acting mostly stemming from his strange behavior following his retirement of sorts which saw him turning to music as a self-proclaimed "homeless rapper." Though we've heard his behavior was supposed to be the subject of a recently screened documentary currently titled I'm Still Here: The Lost Year of Joaquin Phoenix for Casey Affleck as his directorial debut. Though Phoenix's public antics scream mockumentary, Affleck spoke with ABC News seriously about the film which he says is a real doc chronicling an "interesting period in [Phoenix's] life."
Calling the film "interesting" would be the understatement of the year if a report from LA Times is accurate where they recount some of the film's finer points which include (spoilers ahead for those who may want to go into this crazy film blind) Joaquin Phoenix "snorting cocaine, ordering call girls, having oral sex with a publicist, treating his assistants abusively and rapping badly." In addition, the film really gets raunchy with, "more male frontal nudity than you'd find in some gay porn films and a stomach-turning sequence in which someone feuding with Phoenix defecates on the actor while he's asleep." Even the buyers aren't sure if this is a prank and are "more mystified by Phoenix's behavior than when they walked in." This all sounds so weird.
As ridiculous as it is, Affleck (who is Phoenix's brother-in-law) is deadpan serious about the reality of this so-called documentary. In talking with ABC News he reiterated how genuine the documentary is including the public spectacle Phoenix's behavior created and the infamous appearance on David Letterman's show:
"He said he didn't want to act anymore, he wanted to try doing music, and that, right there, says something's going to happen. I had no idea what exactly was going to happen and all that would unfold and every day I spent with him on this journey. It ended up being more and more fascinating, more and more things happened that were both in the public spectacle and a very private internal implosion that I got to witness. It made for this unbelievable, one-of-a-kind movie. I understand there were all these different reactions to what happened on the Letterman show; millions of people saw on YouTube and wrote about it and talked about it all over the place but most of them were wrong."
To be honest, this just sounds like someone knows how to really work the marketing machine and milk the media for all they're worth. While I'm wholly interested in this doc, I can't believe that someone like Affleck, who is close enough to Phoenix to let him shoot this kind of documentary, would actually let him destroy his career, and potentially his life, all for the glory of an eye-opening and interesting documentary. I'm sure this film has plenty of potential to find an audience in the end, but with all the raunchiness that LA Times mentions, I don't know how it will get past the MPAA without some serious censoring. I guess we'll see what happens with this documentary soon enough, so stay tuned. Do you guys believe Casey Affleck or not?