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Documentary about Joaquin Phoenix's rap career is fake, says director

Casey Affleck admits the actor gives 'the performance of his career'

Documentary about Joaquin Phoenix's rap career is fake, says director

The documentary about actor Joaquin Phoenix's attempts to begin a rap career is fake, the director of the film has admitted. Filmed over the course of a year, I'm Still Here documents Phoenix's life from the moment he announced his retirement from acting in 2008 to embark on a career as a hip-hop musician.

"It's a terrific performance," Casey Affleck tells the New York Times. "It's the performance of his career."

He added: "There were multiple takes, these are performances. I never intended to trick anybody. The idea of a quote, hoax, unquote, never entered my mind."

Shot as a fly on the wall documentary, the seemingly unlikely move by Phoenix was greeted with scepticism by many, who suspected it was a hoax from the start.

The film features appearances from actor Ben Affleck, Kanye West and P Diddy, plus Phoenix's much reported appearance on The David Letterman Show.

Phoenix received widespread critical acclaim and an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of country singer Johnny Cash in the 2005 movie Walk The Line.

I'm Still Here goes on general release today (September 17).

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