“It’s a terrific performance, it’s the performance of his career… I never intended to trick anybody. The idea of a quote, hoax, unquote, never entered my mind.”
Reviewers were confounded by I’m Still Here and many (including Roger Ebert) decided to take it at face value as a weird record of a celebrity meltdown.
Turns out that Joaquin Phoenix has (apparently) been playing it deadpan crazy in public for a year and a half, at least since his infamous rambling appearance on the David Letterman show in February of 2009. Affleck says Letterman wasn’t in on the joke.
Casey Affleck also seems a little irritated that people didn’t get the joke and/or the incredible deep meaning of the mockumentary. (“The reviews were so angry,” he tells the Times.) Heh.
It does seem just a little disingenuous to claim that the idea of a hoax never entered into it. What were the Letterman appearance and the phony rap career, then — “spoofs”?
Or — wait! Maybe Affleck’s claim that it wasn’t a hoax is the real hoax? Dude, how incredible would that be?