Director Casey Affleck has admitted that his Joaquin Phoenix doco I’m Still Here is a fake.
Surprised? Not a lot.
Affleck made the admission in an interview with the New York Times, commenting on Phoenix’s performance and calling it “a terrific performance, it’s the performance of his career.”
“Virtually none of it was real,” reports the Times. “Not even the opening shots, supposedly of Mr. Phoenix and his siblings swimming in a water hole in Panama. That, Mr. Affleck said, was actually shot in Hawaii with actors.”
I’m Still Here, which was billed as a film documenting Phoenix’s apparent transition from actor to rapper, was released last week and met with scathing reviews.
“The reviews were so angry,” Affleck said. “I never intended to trick anybody. The idea of a quote, hoax, unquote, never entered my mind.”
So what was the bloody point? Affleck says the doco’s focus is about, “the disintegration of celebrity, without the clutter of preconceived notions.”