I’m Still Here is Casey Affleck’s directorial debut and a documentary about a lost year in the life of actor Joaquin Phoenix. Phoenix, who’s also Affleck’s brother in law, engaged in more than his fair share of outlandish behavior while in front of the camera, so much so, that people have concluded that it had to be fake — it just had to. Well, according to Affleck it is…
According to the New York Times, Affleck said of Phoenix, “It’s a terrific performance, it’s the performance of his career.” It was the actors attempt at Hunter S. Thompson’s style of gonzo filmmaking but it rubbed some people the wrong way. The director knew that viewers were unsure of what was shown in the film but he had no idea how upset they’d be.
“The reviews were so angry,” said Mr. Affleck, I never intended to trick anybody. The idea of a quote, hoax, unquote, never entered my mind…There were multiple takes, these are performances,” Mr. Affleck said of unsettling sequences in which Mr. Phoenix appears to snort drugs, consort with hookers, and hunt to the ground an assistant who has betrayed him to the press — again, mostly actors. But the movie never quite showed its hand. “There was no wink,” Mr. Affleck said.”
There you have it. For those of you who thought for a millisecond that any of this was legit, you can relax, it’s not. Phoenix isn’t that insane. He’s not going to do that much illegal activity ON CAMERA and distribute it for the world to see. Not only for the sake of his career, but just legally. You might call it footage, but the cops can call it evidence.
What do you think of Phoenix and Affleck’s performance? Do you think the movie took method acting too far?