CATEGORIES Documentary, Deals, Magnolia, Celebrities and Controversy, Distribution, Newsstand, Movie News, CinematicalIt's official. Casey Affleck's doc about Joaquin Phoenix, I'm Still Here, will be coming to theaters near you on September 10th thanks to Magnolia Pictures. Described as "a striking portrayal of a tumultuous year in the life of internationally acclaimed actor Joaquin Phoenix," I'm Still Here follows Phoenix's announced retirement from acting and intentions to begin a hip-hop career. It also documents his very public and strange behavior, which you can read more about in this handy timeline.
Phoenix's bizarre behavior on David Letterman and other venues was documented by Affleck in what the director has said is categorically not an Andy Kaufman-like fake-out. Was Phoenix melting down in front of our eyes? Was it an act? Katey Rich interviewed Phoenix during the press days for Two Lovers, and she reported, "The mumbling, barely speaking shaggy man from David Letterman's show earlier this week is not who I interviewed that same day, even though the beard and unkempt hair and sunglasses were all firmly in place."
The Los Angeles Times reported that "even buyers aren't sure if [the documentary]'s a prank." Insiders reported that the doc "[includes] more male frontal nudity than you'd find in some gay porn films and a stomach-turning sequence in which someone feuding with Phoenix defecates on the actor while he's asleep."
Uh, wow. I'm wondering if that's the version that Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban et al saw and decided to snap up for distro, and if those scenes will be in the final product. (Hey, I'd watch it. Wouldn't you?)
Will we ever find out if Phoenix's behavior was a put-on or not, and if so, why did his friend decide to film it instead of stepping in to intervene? It's probably a good thing that Mark Ruffalo is in advanced talks to take over as the Hulk since I doubt that a major studio would be want to be associated with whatever we'll be seeing in I'm Still Here.