Thursday, September 23, 2010
I you were as baffled as I was....
Joaquin Phoenix and Casey Affleck have now admitted that the film I'm Still Here was not a documenting of Phoenix's descent into madness, but some sort of a statement about art and celebrity based on the fiction that Phoenix was quitting acting and starting a career in rap. Affleck tells Roger Ebert, "I don't have a point to make," so it's not clear what kind of a statement it can possibly be if there's no point, or why Affleck is so annoyed that people only thought about whether it was real and not about what the film was saying if he's telling you he has no point to make.
At any rate, a big part of the story/deception/hoax was Phoenix's appearance on The Late Show With David Letterman in February of 2009, where he gave the most public "performance" of the guy he became in I'm Still Here.
Last night, having revealed what he was up to the first time around, Phoenix came back to Letterman's couch to talk about the appearance, talk about whether Letterman was in on it or not, and, of course, promote the movie.