Last week a packed out screening at the Willam Morris Endover held execs preparing to view the much publicised Casey Affleck documentary Im Still Here: The Lost Year Of Joaquin Phoenix.
Affleck, who is married to Phoenix's sister Summer, has spent the last year following the seemingly retired actor's attempts to make it as a rapper. Funny right?...No?
Although the film shouts mockumentary, Hollywood types were said to be left confused as to whether the doc was a piece of performance art... or just a sad account of the Gladiator star's destruction.
The film's darker scenes show Phoenix indulging in a cocaine binge and sleeping with prostitutes, though it doesn't get much lighter from there; at one point the actor/rapper is seen begging Sean 'Puff Daddy' Combs to produce his album, and turning down a rescue offer from Ben Stiller - who offers the actor a comeback with a part in his new indie flick, Greenberg.
Although industry interest in the film is still high, the big question is whether the film is an authentic portrayal of Phoenix's life, of just a very uncomfortable joke. The big problem will be how to sell either concept to an audience.
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