Also check out our I’m Still Here movie review from the Venice Film Festival.

This weekend Casey Affleck’s much talked about documentary I’m Still Here opens in theaters. The film follows a (lost) year in the life of actor Joaquin Phoenix as he attempts to step away from the world of Hollywood and into the world of music. In the first clip released from the movie, he meets with music producer Sean “Diddy” Combs and asks him for advice regarding the next phase of his career. This should be interesting…

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A lot of people are still debating whether or not this is real or just one actor’s vanity project. You could call it performance art in a way. Phoenix legitimately puts 100% of himself into this film and it’s kind of scary. He goes to extremes to push the envelope and make you believe his search for new creative expression.

The film 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. Defying expectations, it deftly explores notions of courage and creative reinvention, as well as the ramifications of a life spent in the public eye.

What do you think of Phoenix and Diddy in this clip? Do you think it’s legit or over the top?