Do you remember when Joaquin Phoenix was a young, talented, and handsome Oscar nominated actor whose career was on the incline? If so you must also vividly remember when all that went to crap after he stopped shaving, combing his hair, or exercising in any capacity. His new disgruntled look was only mirrored by his equally strange behavior and on the outside none of us had any idea what he was doing.

The big question surrounding the drastic shift in Phoenix’s career and personality will hopefully be answered with his documentary, I’m Still Here. It chronicles the actor-turned-rapper’s life during this tumultuous period and the first teaser trailer for it as been released. Take a look…

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Official Synopsis:

I’M STILL HERE is a striking portrayal of a tumultuous year in the life of internationally acclaimed actor Joaquin Phoenix. With remarkable access, I’M STILL HERE follows the Oscar-nominee as he announces his retirement from a successful film career in the fall of 2008 and sets off to reinvent himself as a hip hop musician. Sometimes funny, sometimes shocking, and always riveting, the film is a portrait of an artist at a crossroads. Defying expectations, it deftly explores notions of courage and creative reinvention, as well as the ramifications of a life spent in the public eye.

Did this trailer scare anyone else? That was more than a little creepy. Phoenix looks completely inebriated throughout the entire thing. That was a little over a minute worth of footage, can you imagine his state of mind throughout the entire film?

Here are some photos that feature Phoenix’s career highs and lows:


I’m Still Here debuts in theaters on September 10th and is directed by Casey Affleck.

What do you think of the trailer for I’m Still Here?