'I'm Still Here: The Lost Year of Joaquin Phoenix' Coming Soon
We've already heard Casey Affleck talk rather seriously about his "documentary" following actor Joaquin Phoenix's fall from grace as he pursued a career in rapping and a makeshift aviary on his face. Now it looks like audiences will be able to see the supposed craziness themselves as Deadline reports Magnolia Pictures has acquired I'm Still Here: The Lost Year of Joaquin Phoenix with the intention of giving the film a limited release on September 10th followed by a wide release the following week. While many distributors were simply confused by the film, Magnolia's president Eamonn Bowles is confident it'll draw an audience.
After seeing the film, which apparently borders on Andy Kaufman levels of realistic absurdity, Bowles wasn't interested in whether the footage formed a genuine documentary or simply a gritty mockumentary, but felt people needed to see it. Sounds good to me. Here's what he had to say via the press release:
"No matter what I thought coming in, I came out feeling this was a pretty amazing piece of work, jaw dropping but dimensional. It is going to get a lot of attention, but it is not some cheap stunt where they said, 'Let's do some wild stuff and film it.' It is extreme behavior but really good filmmaking as well. Frankly, some of the behavior is very extreme. But it is in the context of the insanity of being in Joaquin's life for that period of time. It is a unique piece of work that is going to surprise people in different ways."
Of course anyone who saw Phoenix's public appearances (especially on "Late Night with David Letterman") will be interested to see this period in his life whether the nonsense within is fabricated or not. The trick will be getting people interested without grossing them out early on with the crazy content of the film. We heard a little while back that the Casey Affleck-directed film features Phoenix "snorting cocaine, ordering call girls, having oral sex with a publicist, treating his assistants abusively and rapping badly." But the very worst part to endure will be "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." Personally, I'm looking forward to seeing how outlandish this film truly is. Will you check this out in theaters or not?