I’m not sure what Joaquin Phoenix has been up to and I’m also not sure I care. Last we saw, I think he was being a dick to Letterman or on his infamous rap tour. And, in case you hadn’t heard, his brother-in-law Casey Affleck was filming him. Billed by some as a mockumentary and by others, a documentary (no one seems to be able to figure out whether Phoenix is serious or not), I’m Still Here: The Lost Year of Joaquin Phoenix has been picked up by Magnolia and is set for a September 10th release.
Back in May, the Los Angeles Times reported that buyers who saw the film were greeted with Phoenix snorting cocaine off a hooker, rapping, plenty of male frontal nudity and someone defecating on Phoenix while he’s sleeping. And though they’d never seen anything like it, they still couldn’t figure out whether it all was a put on or real. To me it just sounds like Phoenix is trying too hard; Andy Kaufman set the bar kind of high — you know?