Casey Affleck admits the actor gives 'the performance of his career'
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.
I’m Still Here goes on general release today (September 17).