Casey Affleck: 'Joaquin Phoenix film is a hoax'
Friday 17 September 2010
Casey Affleck has admitted to what many critics suspected all along - that his documentary about Joaquin Phoenix is a fake.
The film, I'm Still Here, followed Walk The Line actor Phoenix as he announced he was retiring from acting and launching a rap career.
The actor star grew doughy and dishevelled, and he famously made an awkward appearance on David Letterman's show.
Casey, who's Joaquin's brother-in-law and the film's director, has told The New York Times that the whole thing was an act, calling it "the performance of his career." Casey says he even faked home movies of Joaquin as a child.
But he insists he never meant to trick anyone, and rather was dabbling in "gonzo filmmaking" and describes Joaquin's performance as "compelling, always watchable, manages to be repulsive and charming, believable in all emotions, completely committed, incredibly brave."
Some critics called it a fascinating look at celebrity. Others assumed it was all staged.
Casey added that Letterman was not in on the joke.
Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Planes go hybrid-electric in important step to greener flight
- 2 North Korean prison officers 'cooked prisoner's baby and fed it to their dogs', more horrific accounts from UN report reveal
- 3 Antonio Martin shooting: Mayor says there should be 'no comparison' to Ferguson
- 4 Antonio Martin shooting: Police and protesters clash over teenager's death just five miles from Ferguson, Missouri
- 5 British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food
BBC director Danny Cohen: Rising UK antisemitism makes me feel more uncomfortable than ever