We’ve spent the last year trying to figure out if Joaquin Phoenix has really lost his marbles. Was the star really taking an acting hiatus to be a rapper? Was he really a superhero, or just on some heavy psycho-tropics? I was relieved when I found out that his shenanigans were all a part of a documentary project spearheaded by Casey Affleck. But a recent private screening of the film, “I’m Still Here: The Lost Year of Joaquin Phoenix,” only made us more confused. Isn’t this thing too shockingly vulgar and debaucherous to be real?According to a recent interview with Casey Affleck, the film follows Joaquin during a transitional year. “I wanted to explore what I thought would be a very interesting period in his life.”
“Interesting” is a nice word for his bizarre behavior. Sounds real enough coming from Casey, but leaks from the screening audience claim that the film was too over the top to be real. Allegedly, Phoenix snorts cocaine, orders call girls, has oral sex with a publicist, and abuses his staff. And the pièce de résistance—a pornographic scene where someone feuding with Phoenix defecates on the actor while he’s asleep. Noooo!
So, is this all some kind of commentary on fame or has Joaquin Phoenix really slipped over the edge? Either way, they’ve got my attention. When’s this gem hitting theaters?