Monday, September 13, 2010


This is totally bizarre. Remember Joaquin Phoenix on Letterman? Remember him announcing he was quitting acting to focus on rap music? Was he acting? Tripping balls? Falling apart at the seams?

Well folks, this September 6, I'm Still Here: The Lost Year of Joaquin Phoenix premiered at the Venice Film Festival. And critics don't seem to know how to respond. Is it all some kind of over-the-top performance piece? A crazy mockumentary? An honest career change? Or is Joaquin Phoenix the new mayor of Meltdown City?

"Joaquin, I'm sorry you couldn't be here tonight, we owe an apology to Farrah Fawcett," said Letterman during the interview.

The popular theory is that Letterman was in on the whole thing. And that Phoenix is just a really good (and totally off-the-wall) actor, using the interview as a publicity stunt for his then-unmade film. In the vein of Andy Kaufman. Others were convinced he'd lost his mind and would soon be reunited with brother River.

Directed by friend and brother-in-law Casey Affleck (Ben's brother) and starring P.Diddy, I'm Still Here follows Phoenix as he moves from Oscar-nominated actor to cocaine-addicted, prostitute-sampling, bearded hip-hopper. And apparently, the film includes "more frontal nudity than a gay porno" and someone taking a dump on Phoenix's head while he's asleep. Now that's some pretty serious hoaxing.

Check out the trailer:

I'm Still Here on IMDB

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