Casey Affleck: People were happy to mock Joaquin
September 22nd, 2010
12:40 PM ET

Casey Affleck: People were happy to mock Joaquin

Just before Joaquin Phoenix heads back to “Letterman,” his brother-in-law – and the director of the Joaquin Phoenix mockumentary (as we're choosing to call it) “I’m Still Here” – swung by “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” to explain (again) what's really going on in the film.

( It'll be interesting to see how Phoenix addresses the cinematic situation on "Letterman" tonight, since Affleck’s been the one doing the talking.)

In Affleck’s view, the confusion surrounding the film was caused by most viewers not assuming that it wasn’t a real documentary, as he thought everyone would. The fact that the actors all played characters using their real names didn't help matters.

“We wanted to make a movie that would help people suspend their disbelief,” Affleck told Leno. “They could go to the theater and experience it and wonder if it was real or not. I wanted them to think it was real while they were watching it, but I assumed that when it was over they would understand that it wasn’t real. Like the WWF.”

The intent when Affleck and crew started shooting in 2008 was to make a movie “about an actor who has been doing this for his whole life and he decides he wants to try something else…so he decides he’s going to be a hip-hop musician and he quits acting,” he said. So while it carried a resemblance to a documentary, “It’s not a documentary because all the people in the movie are acting,” Affleck clarified. “I would just call it a movie.”

Perhaps part of the reason why Affleck never thought people would take the movie seriously after viewing it is because no one seemed to be concerned about Phoenix during what looked like a serious breakdown.

“I never got calls [about Phoenix],” Affleck said. “It’s weird. Afterward, the movie comes out and the critics like to say, this is crazy, this is disturbing, this is sick and we should be worried about him, but when it was happening, people were happy just to mock him."

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  1. names

    Watch Online movies free

    October 10, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. rudy rude

    they did it right with "this is spinal tap"

    September 23, 2010 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  3. Cindy

    The most stupid ass movie of the year. Good job completely destroying your own career Joqauin and any creditability Casey Afflect might of had. So disturbing I walked out of the theatre.

    September 23, 2010 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  4. Marco

    Obviously, people have missed the point. While the movie did not make considerable money, people were fascinated with the whole 'Joaquin Phoenix has lost it' The whole process was a satire on how WE ALL (even us) ... the fact we're commenting on this means we're talking about it ... it's a satire on how we concentrate so much on stars and will do anything to bring them down.
    This wasn't about making an oscar nominated movie, it was a satire on the whole hollywood star phenomenon. Letterman said it just now and Joqauin confirmed it. Why in the world would a 35 year old who happens to be a great actor give everything up and start a hip hop career. It all seems very unlikely and strange, yet everybody jumped on the bandwagon and went against Joaquin, especially after the 2009 Letterman appearance

    September 23, 2010 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  5. khocolatemoose

    Yo Casey,

    I'm not hating the player, I'm just trying to say that you have more potential than this film demonstrates. Gone Baby Gone was fantastic, as was the Ocean films. If you're going to make a movie, I just believe you have more to give us then this. Do you agree?


    September 22, 2010 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. cyberpolice

    I cant believe that this fooled that many people. I mean,if you really loved someone that you were around for a few years, would you let them spiral out of control like this? Obvious fake is Obvious.

    September 22, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Casey Affleck

    Don't hate the player, hate the game. Can't a brother(in law) just make a movie???

    September 22, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. khocolatemoose

    Here's one for ya Casey, this is the dumbest idea for a film ever. Why not just make a "real" film? Why did you have to make an ass out of your brother-in-law? I hope nobody sees this. That's why they made this movie; they wanted to get as much attention as possible, no matter what it took to get it. Please feel free to join the conversation about films at I would love to hear what you think, and often.



    September 22, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Brenda Collins

    They are both idiots. Grow up guys. The public really doesn't have time for your nonsense. All of us are just trying to get by. Go make a film that has meaning and can do some good or basically just go away.

    September 22, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. larkwoodgirl

    So, let me get this straight. It's our fault that we completely misunderstood his bull**t. You have got to be kididng me. Just goes to show you how out of touch Hollywood is with the real world.

    September 22, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |

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