There was always something about the story of actor Joaquin Phoenix’s career change from the acting world to aspiring rapper — I mean it just doesn’t seem right, for me there has always been something wrong with that. And now I know what it is.It was to be Casey Affleck‘s directorial debut with serious faced looking doco I’m Still Here, but last week he finally confirmed rumors that the documentary portrayal of the drug induced transition from high-classes actor to aspiring rag-tag rapper of actor Joaquin Phoenix is indeed fake. And was a hoax.
It wasn’t all that much of a surprise to me because that’s what’s been everyones mind since the news of its release. And now we know. Affleck, in an interview with The New York Times fessed up about the seemingly questionable doco, admitting “It’s a terrific performance, it’s the performance of his career”.
He goes on to say that “The idea of a quote, Hoax, unquote, never entered my mind” and that he intended the audiences “experience the film’s narrative, about the disintegration of celebrity, without the clutter of preconceived notions.”
So really should we be angry? To say the least Im a little disappointed, I would have loved to buy into the idea of Walk The Line star Phoenix actually attempting at a hip hop/rap career — not saying that he would be any good but hey, some things are just worth being a part of. Certainly the Hangover Zach Galifianakis styled beard and attire was convincing enough, but rumors like always had people convinced from the start that it was all a joke. I think that director Affleck should have really waited till anyone but critics and festival goers had seen it because frankly its kind of killed the vibe.
But on the other hand it is nice to see some people in the movie making business is actually take it one step further — because quite frankly the same crap starts to get a little old. A straight-faced no-nonsense documentary on a well known celebrity who falls from grace into drugs and depression isn’t exactly what I call good entrainment. In some ways I’m, as I can sense some other people are, a little disappointed at the fact that they couldn’t have waited until we’ve all seen it!
Its not to say I won’t be buying my $10 ticket, but I won’t be walking into that cinema the same way as I would If I didn’t know Phoenix is messing around and just taking the mickey. In the end, at least now we know that it was intended to be taken as real, and to be a little bit of a in-joke.