It’s official: Joaquin Phoenix’s bearded weirdo in I’m Still Here is a character, everything in this hoax-doc was faked, and Ben Stiller and P Diddy were in on it.
“The intention was never to fool people,” insists director/co-conspirator Casey Affleck on an extras-loaded disc that unravels the whys, hows and wherefores.
His and his star’s achievement was making the whole enterprise so credible (the Letterman appearance, et al).
But now the curtain’s dropped, there’s less compulsion to watch, although Phoenix’s total immersion in his ‘meltdown’ remains an impressively bonkers feat of performance art.
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