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Affleck Admits That I'm Still Here is a Stunt

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood September 16, 2010 at 10:09AM

Of course Casey Affleck finally comes clean in the NYT--just before I'm Still Here goes into wider release. Joaquin Phoenix was acting. “It’s a terrific performance, it’s the performance of his career,” he says.
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Thompson on Hollywood

Of course Casey Affleck finally comes clean in the NYT--just before I'm Still Here goes into wider release. Joaquin Phoenix was acting. “It’s a terrific performance, it’s the performance of his career,” he says.

This whole thing annoys me. They think it's hysterically funny. I think it's a joke on the audience. A prank. Not serious at all. Part of my annoyance comes from the fact that Affleck refused to answer questions and deliberately misled the press in Venice and Toronto. Tell us what the thing is and let us judge it accurately. Don't prevaricate, then say, "Ha!!" That's a kid playing games, not a serious filmmaker.

By the way, I hear repeated stories about Affleck making things tough for distributor Magnolia. Picky, controlling, wanting-his-way kind of manipulations. Not that this is anything new on the PR/marketing front. But Magnolia knows what they're doing and if you make a deal with them, you also have to know that they don't have much money to play with.

Do I want Joaquin Phoenix to ace the Letterman show next week and come out smelling like a rose? Sure. I hope he's A OK.

This article is related to: Festivals, Independents, Toronto, Magnolia


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.